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Waste company fined for "avoidable" death

A Yorkshire waste management company has been prosecuted and fined £75,000 following the avoidable death of an 18-year-old employee.

The man, employed by Associated Waste Management of Brighouse, West Yorkshire, died at the companys waste management depot in Shipley. He was struck and killed by a reversing skip loader lorry while working in the yards tipping area. The vehicle had reversed without the assistance of visual aids, audible warning alarms or guidance.

At Bradford Crown Court, Associated Waste Management pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

HSE inspector Paul Robinson said: This incident was all the more tragic because it was avoidable. If work on the site had been properly planned to ensure separation between employees and manoeuvring vehicles, and the movement of vehicles had been properly supervised, this young worker may still be alive today.

"Transport, and the failure to plan for the safe movement of vehicles, is a major cause of death and injury in the workplace. In 2006/07 there were 50 deaths and 1,449 major accidents caused by vehicles at work.

 

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