Driver hurt as Biffa wagon overturns at Houghton Quarry landfill site

Photo from Guy Greenwell
Photo from Guy Greenwell
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A MAN was taken to hospital after high winds tipped over his wagon.

The accident happened yesterday afternoon at Houghton Landfill, which is run by waste services firm Biffa, just off the A690.

The company has now launched an investigation and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

The Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) was scrambled to the scene and the man was treated by a doctor before being taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital by road ambulance.

Fire service appliances from Rainton Bridge and Washington stations also attended.

The man suffered minor injuries.

Paul Thompson, of Washington fire station, said: “This was a HGV that had rolled over due to the high winds.

“The driver had to be extracted from the vehicle by fire services personnel, before he was put onto a long-board stretcher and taken to hospital.”

A spokesman for the GNAA said: “We were called at 2.30pm on Friday to Houghton Landfill following reports of a wagon overturning.

“The patient was assisted by our doctor-led trauma team, but his injuries were such that he was suitable for road transfer to hospital.”

Matthew Humphreys, group head of safety, health and environment at Biffa, said: “Biffa takes health and safety very seriously and is conducting its own internal investigation.”