Bus operator fined after worker injured

Teenager Ben Burgin required plastic surgery to his face after being trapped by a bus he was working on.

The incident happened at Wakefield Road garage in Barnsley. The employee, who worked for Yorkshire Traction Company, was with an experienced fitter trying to solve a braking fault on a bus that had an air suspension system. They chose not to move the bus to an inspection pit, and Mr Burgin slid underneath near the front passenger wheel. The air suspension failed suddenly and the bus dropped down on his face.

The Stockport-based company admitted offences under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and incurred fines and costs totalling around £24,000. An HSE spokesman said “The risks involved when working on buses with air suspension systems are well known in the industry. The latest guidance has warnings about never going underneath unless buses are properly supported. There have been incidents in the past, including deaths, when air suspension systems have failed catastrophically. Yorkshire Traction fell well below a reasonable standard. It failed to take basic precautions such as looking at all the risks involved and specifying a safe system of work, including close supervision.

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