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Waste Company Fined and Director Jailed After Worker Suffers Fatality
A waste and recycling company was fined £700,000 and ordered to pay costs of £99,886.57 following a worker fatality from a machine accident. In 2010, the employee was working with a machine used to compress waste materials into small bales and entered the baling chamber to clear a blockage. After doing so, the machine automatically activated and struck the employee, causing severe injuries that led to his death. Further investigation revealed poor maintenance and a defeated safety interlock system caused the machine accident. In 2015, HSE inspectors discovered that the company continued to use the machine, resulting in the company director being sentenced to prison.

Farm Partnership Fined Following Employee Death from Tractor Accident
A farming partnership was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,310.80 after an employee suffered fatal head injuries in a tractor accident. The farm worker was struck by a moving tractor in the farmyard when he exited the calf shed. Further investigation revealed the partnership failed to create a safe circulation path between pedestrians and vehicles. For more guidance regarding vehicle safety, click here.

Manufacturing Company Fined After Worker Killed in Forklift Incident 
A garden shed manufacturing company was fined £233,334.00 and ordered to pay costs of £21,620 after an employee fatality from a forklift truck (FLT) incident. The worker was pushing a trolley when he was struck by a reversing FLT. Further investigation revealed the accident was completely avoidable, but the company failed to implement their transport plan.

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