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Posted: 11th November 2011

A man who suffered a ripped calf muscle, broken bones and nearly had a toe severed when a waste handling machine reversed into him is in line for compensation, following the conviction of a company for breach of health and safety legislation.
He had been sitting in the cab of his lorry at a waste management site and was given the 'thumbs-up' by the driver of the waste handling machine. Believing that this meant it was safe for him to get out of his lorry, he did so and was then struckCommercial by the other vehicle when it reversed into him.
Evidence was given that the waste handling machine had a 'blind spot', which prevented its driver from seeing the driver of the lorry.
The owners of the site pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and were fined £4,500 with £800 in costs.