Scrap yard fatality highlights importance of warning signs
A Midlands scrap metal yard operator has been hit with a six-figure fine after a lorry driver was killed on one of its premises.
The man was delivering waste to a site in Newport on April 28th 2008 when a crushed car weighing about half a tonne fell 20ft from a scrap heap directly on to him.
Cardiff Crown Court heard that the owners of the site, Sims Group UK, had not informed the man about safety procedures and the positioning of warning signs.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay £57,500 in costs.
"Metal recycling yards can be extremely dangerous places so it's imperative companies have safe working procedures and systems in place that are observed by all staff and contractors," commented Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Sarah Baldwin-Jones.
Last week, Ashtead Plant Hire was also fined £200,000 after one of its workers died while attempting to attach lifting chains to a stack of two accommodation units.
An HSE investigation showed that the company had not issued the man with the appropriate safety kit or instructions.
Posted by Jason Nicholls
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