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Waste firm fined £5,000 after employee breaks ribs

A waste management firm has been fined £5,000 after one of its workers suffered broken ribs while pushing waste cardboard.

Smurfit Kappa pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 17 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, was fined £5,000 after a worker on its Campbell Street site was forced onto a conveyer belt by a reversing van, where he sustained his injuries. The company was also ordered to pay £4,204 costs.

HSE Investigating inspector Imran Siddiqui said: “One of Smurfit’s employees suffered broken ribs as a result of the company’s failings. But if he had been hit harder by the vehicle, or forced into the machine which baled the cardboard, then his injuries may have been a lot more severe.

“The company failed to control the movement of vehicles in the warehouse, despite waste materials regularly being delivered to the site. There should also have been a segregated area for pedestrians so there was no chance of anyone being injured by reversing vans.”

Smurfit Kappa declined to comment.

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