Sentence after man lost eye

A DEMOLITION worker who admitted responsibility for a horrific accident where a Misterton man lost an eye and was scalped has been sentenced.

The victim, James Wilson, of Misterton, lost an eye and suffered severe injuries when he was hit by a falling excavator bucket.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought charges against Paul Nathan Batty who had been operating the heavy plan machinery.

Their employer, Bloom Plant Ltd, also admitted failing to ensure the health and safety and welfare at work of all its employees, and will be sentenced at Crown Court.

Worksop Magistrates heard how the accident happened on James Wilson’s first day at work on the former Seafield site on Kilton Road, on 10th January 2011.

The HSE said a Volvo EC360 excavator was being operated by Mr Batty, 30, of Grange Road, Ordsall.

He was using it to break slabs of concrete and feed it into a crusher. But while operating it, a four tonne ‘bucket’ for carrying the rubble came loose and fell onto Mr Wilson, below.

Mr Wilson was scalped and lost his left eye. He suffered a broken eye socket, cheekbone, jaw, nose, left collarbone, several ribs and his left tibia and fibular. He also punctured a lung and severed the nerves on his bottom lip.

He was in a coma for two weeks and had a tracheotomy to help him breathe. He had extensive reconstructive surgery.

HSE investigations after the accident found the company lacked training and supervision in the use of the excavator.

Magistrates sentenced Batty to a 12 month community order with 250 hours unpaid work and £200 costs.

Bloom Plant Ltd, of Askham Road, East Markham will be sentenced by a higher court at a date to be confirmed.