‘Untrained’ driver broke back falling down chute
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.