Worker seriously injured by girder

HOR 231110 update on the Biffa project at the Brookhurst Wood facility in Langhurst Wood Road -photo by steve cobb
HOR 231110 update on the Biffa project at the Brookhurst Wood facility in Langhurst Wood Road -photo by steve cobb

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive after a man was seriously injured at Biffa’s Brookhurst Wood site near Warnham.

An incident report from Sussex Air Ambulance said the 50-year-old was hit by a one ton girder on Friday shortly before 3pm.

HOR 231110 update on the Biffa project at the Brookhurst Wood facility in Langhurst Wood Road -photo by steve cobb

HOR 231110 update on the Biffa project at the Brookhurst Wood facility in Langhurst Wood Road -photo by steve cobb

South East Coast Ambulance Service were also called to the Langhurstwood Road site but the man was airlifted to King’s College Hospital in London.

Shaun Davis, Biffa’ group director of safety, health and environment, said: “An incident took place at the Brookhurst Wood site on Friday August 19, which resulted in a man being seriously injured.

“He is currently in hospital in a stable condition. Biffa would like to offer its support to his family at this difficult time.

“Biffa takes health and safety very seriously and is conducting its own internal investigation, in conjunction with the contractors involved, into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has also been informed and will be conducting a thorough investigation with Biffa and the project supply chain’s full support.”

In recent times, Brookhurst Wood has helped to meet West Sussex’s waste management needs. Landfill operations began on the site in 1985 and Biffa has owned and managed the site for more than 20 years.

Under the contract with West Sussex County Council, the county’s black bag household rubbish will continue to be taken to Brookhurst Wood.

However, this rubbish will no longer be sent straight to landfill, instead Biffa will separate and treat this rubbish at its new Mechanical Biological Treatment facility.

Brookhurst Wood was identified by both West Sussex County Council and Horsham District Council as suitable for the development of new waste management facilities.

Biffa applied for planning permission to build a new Mechanical Biological Treatment facility at Brookhurst Wood in summer 2009. West Sussex County Council granted planning permission for the facility in April 2010.