A South Wales waste firm has been fined £112,000 after a yard foreman was crushed to death.
Amber Services of Dyffryn Business Park, Ystrad Mynach, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive.
Newport man Norman Mayne was 56 when he died after being trapped between a container and a skip at the firm’s recycling yard at Dyffryn Business Park on 25 June 2008.
An investigation by the HSE found that the company had failed to ensure the safety of its employees as an effective system to permit the safe movement of pedestrians and vehicles was not in place.
The firm pleaded guilty at Cardiff Crown Court to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
HSE inspector Clare Owen said: “The death of Mr Mayne could have been prevented if a few simple measures had been put in place.
“There was no effective system for managing vehicle and pedestrian movements on site, and skip storage was disorganised. If a clearly defined system to control vehicles was in place and the site was kept in an orderly condition, the likelihood of such an incident occurring would be dramatically reduced. “
Amber Engineering Limited (trading as Amber Services) was also ordered to pay costs of £36,000.