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Waste management firm fined after worker breaks back

A worker on the second day at his job at a Birmingham waste management firm broke his spine after falling nearly three metres when a guard-rail gave way, Walsall & Aldridge Magistrates Court heard.

Birmingham waste management firm AB Waste Management has been prosecuted and fined £12,000 for failing to ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in working order and in good repair and failing to ensure that where any machinery has a maintenance log, this is kept up to date.

The victims spine was broken in two places after the fall when he narrowly missed a crushing machine. He also suffered several deep head cuts that required skin grafts. Doctors told him he was lucky to be alive. He now has to regularly go to hospital for check-ups.

HSE inspector Gardabil Singh Tiwana said: The worker was seriously let down by his employers who failed to maintain the safety measures that were supposed to protect him. The employee could have easily been killed if hed fallen into the crushing machine when it was in operation.

Its all very well installing a guard-rail and other precautions, but if theyre not maintained and repaired properly then they are useless.

AB Waste Management was also ordered to pay £1,836 in costs.

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