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Waste companies fined for crushed worker

Two tyre recyclers have paid over £180,000 for a worker killed on their site.

Thomas Akwasi Aseidu-Ampofoh was crushed to death by a truck at Environmental
Tyre Disposals (ETD) site at Stonehill Business Park, Edmonton, London on July 1
2001, where MIDCO Waste Management also ran a tyre shredding business.

The firms appeared at the Old Bailey this week and were ordered to pay fines and
costs to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the victim's family.

Father of one Aseidu was employed by ETD, and died after being instructed to
support MIDCO staff in shredding tyres.

He drove a telescopic reach truck to push tyres towards the shredder, which then toppled over.

Aseidu was crushed between the side of the truck and the ground.

The HSE investigation found that both companies failed to take adequate measures to
prevent or control risks arising from the use of the truck by untrained operators.

HSE investigating inspector Simon Hester said: "Mr Aseidu was employed by ETD
primarily as a tyre checker. He was not trained to operate the loader, the task he
undertook on that day that cost him his life."

He added: "The level of safety provided was far below the required standard. Both
companies have now addressed these shortcomings but I am convinced that if simple
steps had been taken, Mr Aseidu's death would have been prevented."

After pleading guilty to breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act, each firm was
fined £70,000.

In addition ETD and MIDCO were ordered to pay HSE's costs of £29,982, together
with a compensation award of £3,492 to Aseidu's brother for funeral expenses and a
bereavement order made to his widow of £7,500.
Aseidu is survived by his widow and twelve year-old son.

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