Woman almost crushed to death by 21-ton excavator during dream job disaster

A woman was almost crushed to death by a 21-ton excavator while working at her "dream job".

Shannon Braiser, 22, worked for Ace Demolition Services Ltd at the time of the incident in July 2020.

Despite a miraculous recovery she remains unable to work as she continues with corrective surgeries and rehabilitation.

Shannon, from Dagenham in London, said: "How did I fight for my life and the company only get a £20,000 fine and 12 months community service?

"My whole family was told to come to say goodbye to me at the Royal London Hospital and John Gilligan [the director who was supervising on the day] only got a slap on the wrist.

"It was a kick in the teeth, but no matter how I feel it's not going to change the outcome, the judge has decided."

Shannon was installing a fuel pump into the excavator when it swung around. Her head was crushed between the excavator and a fuel tank.

She was airlifted to hospital and spent weeks in an induced coma, with broken bones in her face and neck. She also suffers facial paralysis from the nerve damage.

Last week, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Ace Demolition in breach of Health and Safety laws. The firm was fined £20,000 and almost £10,000 in court costs.

John Gilligan was ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work. Both he and the firm admitted breaching Section 2(1) and 37(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

HSE inspector David Tonge said: "This incident could have so easily been avoided.

"While there were a number of shortfalls, this incident ultimately occurred due to a failure to keep the workers away from the excavator.

"Duty holders must ensure that individuals are segregated from vehicles and construction machinery."

A police investigation was launched into the incident and one man was arrested.

Shannon said: "I don't remember much about the incident as I have 48-hour memory loss around the event. I remember using a petrol grinder and then waking up in hospital.

"If they had followed simple health and safety rules and regulations I wouldn't be sitting here."

Shannon is in the process of suing the company for damages but says she has struggled to get witnesses to testify.

The Daily Star has contacted Ace Demolition Services Ltd for comment.

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