Shocking footage shows the moment a digger reversed at speed, crushing a man against a wall.

The pedestrian sustained serious injuries in the incident at a site in Wimbledon last summer.

The driver of the excavator, Daividas Rupeika, from Croydon, was has now been sentenced for two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

In footage shown to the jury at Southwark Crown Court, and released by the Health and Safety Executive, the excavator can be seen driving into another vehicle before reversing at speed, crushing a pedestrian against a shed wall.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that Mr Rupeika had not complied with his duty to take reasonable care for himself and others whilst operating the excavator.

Rupeika, of Thompson Crescent, pleaded not guilty to two charges - one related to him deliberately driving his excavator into another which was being driven by a workmate and the second charge related to him driving too fast in the circumstances.

A jury found Mr Rupeika guilty of both counts after a five-day trial last month and he was sentenced to six months in custody suspended for two years and ordered to undertake 40 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £115.

Speaking after the case, HSE inspector Sarah Pearce said: “Employees should take care of themselves and others whilst at work.

“23 per cent of those fatally injured at work in the waste industry were struck by a moving vehicle. This incident could so easily have had more severe consequences for all involved.

“Employees should be aware of the dangers and potential consequences of operating plant in an unsafe manner.”