A Devon holiday park was the site of a personal injury at work as one of its employees sustained serious physical harm when he was caught in a collapsing trench, personal injury solicitor experts recently reported.
Grzegorz Waluszkowski, the forty year old Lady’s Mile Holiday Camp employee, had been laying a drainage pipe in the ditch at the Dawlish site of the holiday park, while two of the leisure park operator’s directors assisted him. According to personal injury claims experts, the two metre deep trench collapsed upon the worker when the softwood piece that had been shoring up the trench’s side walls gave way, resulting in the worker being buried underneath the rubble.
At a recent hearing in Torquay Magistrates’ Court, Main Gate Leisure Limited, the leisure park’s operators, were subject to prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive, as the court heard that the rubble pinning down the unconscious worker was so deep that camp staff had to abandon their frantic efforts to dig him out by hand and had to rely on the use of an excavator to extricate him from the collapsed trench.
Mr. Waluszkowski sustained serious injuries to his head in the incident, including multiple fractures to his cheekbones and jaw and a skull fracture. The HSE’s investigation into the trench collapse discovered that Main Gate Leisure had neglected to carry out risk assessments of the work in an adequate manner and had failed to put in place proper safety procedures to prevent injury.
In the face of the HSE’s findings, Main Gate Leisure Limited admitted to being in breach of health and safety regulations, with the court ordering the company to pay a fine of £5,000 and an additional sum of nearly £2,200 in court costs as well.