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Kier fined £600,000 after worker suffers 'life-changing injuries'

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Kier Infrastructure has been fined £600,000 after a worker suffered ‘life-changing injuries’ when his leg was crushed by a 6.9t concrete block. 

Agency worker Peter Walker, 42, was on a ladder removing lifting chains from a precast concrete block when it toppled over and trapped his leg in August 2016. 

An Office of Rail and Road investigation found that Kier failed to provide adequate supervision on Network Rail’s Maerdy Bridge site in South Wales, Newport Magistrates Court heard.

HM Chief Inspector of Railways Ian Prosser said: “Mr Walker suffered devastating injuries in this incident and we are pleased that the severity of the sentence indicates how seriously it is taken by the court.

“We are absolutely committed to protecting the health and safety of workers and, as this prosecution demonstrates, we will not hesitate to take enforcement action when it is necessary.”

Kier pleaded guilty to one offence under the Health and Safety at Work act on 2 July. 

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