Stoke-on-Trent man's leg crushed by four tonnes of steel

A lorry-building company has been ordered by a court to pay £25,000 after a worker's leg was crushed by four tonnes of steel.

Andrew Trotter, 52, a lorry driver from from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, was working with Thompsons (UK) Ltd at their site in New Addingham, Croydon.

He was helping transfer sheets of metal, used to build the cabs of lorries, between trucks when a wooden baton became dislodged.

The sheets fell onto Mr Trotter's legs.

Westminster Magistrates' Court heard Mr Trotter's leg bones and muscles were damaged and the swelling of his leg caused skin splitting and infection.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the company for two breaches of health and safety legislation.

After the court case, HSE Inspector Matt Raine said: "This incident could easily have resulted in death and was completely preventable.

"The injuries Mr Trotter sustained have been painful and life-changing and, although he can drive his lorry, it is not certain how long he will be able to do so."

Thompsons (UK) Ltd of Vulcan Way, New Addington, Croydon, was fined a total £14,000 and ordered to pay £11,284 in costs.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Stoke & Staffordshire



Min. Night 2 °C


  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back

  • Aimen DeanI spied

    The founder member of al-Qaeda who worked for MI6

  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?

  • Woman with closed eyeStrange light show

    What do you see when you close your eyes?

  • Sony WalkmanLost ideas

    What has happened to Japan's inventors?

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.