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DS Smith unveils safety improvements

Paper recycler DS Smith Recycling says it has made substantial changes following a serious injury at one of its sites.

The recycler was ordered to pay almost £130,000 in fines and costs after a worker suffered serious injuries when crushed between two trucks at its Bolton plant in February 2010.

DS Smith told MRW changes had been made over the past couple of years: “The new safety procedures introduced at the Bolton site restrict access to HGVs to the warehouse area. A new safety area has been introduced for pedestrians and changes to the structure of the building have been made to improve visibility.”

The firm was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court earlier this month after being prosecuted for failing to observe correct safety procedures around the tipping area at its Turton Street site.

The 61-year-old worker from Towyn, North Wales, who has asked not to be named, had fractured ribs, a fractured collar bone, a punctured lung and multiple bruising after being crushed between his own HGV and another vehicle.

HSE inspector David Norton said: “The risks caused by large vehicles reversing are well known, yet the company regularly allowed two vehicles into the warehouse at once, without any safety barriers in place.”

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