Landfill site worker crushed in towing accident
A waste management and recycling firm from Berkshire has been hit with a six-figure fine after one of its workers was killed at a landfill site.
The 32-year-old driver arrived at the Northamptonshire site belonging to SITA UK Limited on January 4th 2007 in order to empty his refuse lorry.
However, wet weather had created soft ground in the tipping area and his vehicle became bogged down, leading to a compactor driver offering to push it forward from behind.
At the same time, a bulldozer driver said he could pull the lorry with the aid of a tow rope, but there was no communication between the two parties.
As a result, the 32-year-old man was attempting to attach the tow rope when the compactor shunted his lorry forward, trapping him between it and the bulldozer and causing fatal injuries.
Northampton Crown Court heard that SITA had not conducted a proper risk assessment of new working practices at the site or defined the supervisory roles for its staff.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £210,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £38,000.
Meanwhile, the British Safety Council has released a new report designed to remind managers of their responsibilities in relation to safety measures such as warning signs.
Posted by Nicole Stevens
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