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Waste Management firm in court after young man crushed to death

published 31/03/2016

Date: 24 February 2016

A large waste recycling firm has been prosecuted after a worker was crushed by the bucket of a motorised loading shovel.

On the 7 June 2013, the twenty-four year old worker was working at the company premises. The worker sustained fatal injuries to his head and spine when the bucket of the loading shovel that he was operating crushed him.

The court heard that in the 10 days leading up to the incident, CCTV cameras at site captured over two hundred examples of unsafe working practices. These practices included dangerous operations with the shovel such as workers being lifted in the bucket and workers having to take evasive action to avoid contact with moving vehicles.”

The company pleaded guilty to breaching legislation and was fined and ordered to pay costs.

The worker's mother said: “Family events are a constant reminder that he is no longer with us. He would text his dad every Saturday over the football scores. My husband and he used to play golf together but my husband hasn’t played golf since.”

“He always used to end his phone calls to me saying “I love you Mum” and even now every time when my grand-daughter says “I love you Nan” I have a lump in my throat, as that is what my son used to say and that was the last thing he ever said to me.”

The principle inspector said: “The company failed to put in place basic legal requirements of training and supervision. The death of this young man was entirely avoidable.”


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