Shirebrook firm fined after former kick boxer is injured at work

BOSSES at a Shirebrook company have been fined after a former England kick boxer was forced to give up the sport when he was injured working for them.

Thirty-six-year-old Zak Davis, of Billinghay, Lincolnshire, was buried up to his waist when a trench collapsed.

Mr Davis was working for Phil Watson Civil Engineering Limited on a small housing development at Bardney, Lincolnshire, when the incident happened on 4th August last year.

He was laying drain pipes in a trench being dug by an excavator.

It had been raining heavily during the day and while he was in the trench the digger operator noticed the walls beginning to crack and shouted down a warning.

But before Mr Davis could escape he was hit by the falling material, including a large lump of concrete, and was pinned down by his legs.

He dislocated and fractured his hip socket and shattered his pelvis. Mr Davis needed 10 hours of surgery and is still off work.

An investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive found Phil Watson Civil Engineering Ltd had failed to assess the ground conditions and the effect that the rain would have, and failed to install measures to prevent a trench collapse.

The company, of Victoria Street, admitted breaching construction regulations and Lincoln magistrates fined the firm £10,000 and ordered it to pay full costs of £2,141 last Wednesday.

After the court hearing, HSE inspector Tony Mitchell said: “This incident could have been prevented by the use of mechanical trench supports or by sloping the trench sides further. Instead, Mr Davis has been left with life-changing injuries.”