‘Un­trained’ driver broke back fall­ing down chute

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A LORRY driver broke two ver­te­brae in his back af­ter plung­ing down a rub­bish chute at a re­cy­cling cen­tre, a court heard.

Michael Howard slipped and fell from his truck af­ter dump­ing a skipload of garbage at the de­pot.

He only es­caped more se­ri­ous in­jury be­cause he landed on soft waste rather than the con­crete floor, the court was told.

Mr Howard, who was left with a limp, was res­cued af­ter an­other worker heard his cries for help and turned off the garbage com­pactor at the site in Is­ling­ton, Lon­don.

The com­pany Lon­don Waste Lim­ited are now on trial un­der Health and Safety leg­is­la­tion.

It is claimed Mr Howard was not given proper in­struc­tion be­fore the ac­ci­dent on De­cem­ber 3, 2007.

The pros­e­cu­tor at the Old Bai­ley ex­plained to ju­rors that be­cause Mr Howard was shorter than his col­league, he had to climb on to the back of his lorry to carry out the pro­ce­dure.

CCTV footage shows him fall­ing back­wards into the chute.

Lon­don Waste Ltd deny ex­pos­ing an­other to a risk to their heath and safety.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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