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Brick manufacturing worker dies in machine crush

30th June 2010 | Warning Signs

A brick manufacturing firm has been hit with a six-figure fine after the death of one of its employees.

The 57-year-old man was working next to a conveyor at a plant in Coleshill on April 26th 2008 when he leaned forward to remove some concrete blocks from the machine.

However, another worker did not see him and changed the direction of the conveyor, thereby crushing his colleague's head between the blocks and a metal platform.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that Hanson Building Products had not carried out a suitable risk assessment for all aspects of operating the machine.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at Warwick Crown Court and was fined £280,000 and ordered to pay costs of £29,204.

"This tragic incident could have been prevented if Hanson Building Products had carried out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment to identify all the hazards for workers operating in this area," commented HSE inspector Peter Snelgrove.

The HSE urges companies which require their workers to use dangerous machinery to use the appropriate safety signs to offer them the best possible protection from injury.

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