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Derbyshire waste management crushing death: £136,000 fine

Waste management crushing death: £136,000 fine

Health and Safety Executive v Rainbow Waste Management Ltd (2016) Derby Crown Court, February 24

Rainbow Waste Management Ltd has been fined following the death of a worker.

Significant points of the case

  • In June 2013 Ashley Morris, an employee of the company, was working at its site in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.

  • He was operating a motorised loading shovel. The bucket of the machine crushed him. He suffered fatal injuries.

  • In the 10 days before the incident, CCTV cameras at the site recorded more than two hundred unsafe working practices. These included dangerous operations with the loading shovel, for example workers being lifted in the machine’s shovel and having to take evasive action to avoid contact with moving vehicles.

The company was fined £136,000 plus £64,770 costs for a breach of section 2, HSW Act, for failing to ensure the health and safety of employees.

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