Cirencester Town Council fined after workman injured cutting grass

Cirencester amphitheatre The accident happened at Cirencester Amphitheatre in September 2012

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A town council has been ordered to pay £29,000 after a worker was thrown from a mower while cutting grass.

The man suffered four broken ribs and bruising in the accident at Cirencester Amphitheatre in September 2012.

At Cheltenham Magistrates' Court Cirencester Town Council pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Outside court Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Alison Fry, said it was "entirely avoidable".

The HSE told the court the groundsman was carrying out routine grass cutting on the outside slope of the amphitheatre using a ride-on mower.

The mower tipped over throwing the groundsman off, who was then hit by the machine.

His injuries caused him to be off work for two months and he was only able to work on light duties for a further month when he returned.

'Unnecessary risk'

Cirencester Town Council was fined £12,000 with costs of £17,000.

Speaking after the hearing Ms Fry said: "The worker could have easily been killed, having been put at unnecessary risk because there were several other ways this work could have been carried out safely.

"I hope it serves to remind employers to take all site conditions into account, including slopes, before choosing equipment to cut grass.

"Employers need to carry out risk assessments to decide how to carry out a job safely.

"They then need to provide adequate training, information and instructions."

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