The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched an investigation after a 23-year-old man died in an incident with machinery, reported to be a baler, at a recycling company in Redruth, Cornwall.
In a statement issued shortly after the incident, Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police and emergency services were called to H&A Hygiene Services on Cardrew Way, Redruth, at around 4pm on Thursday 16 November, with reports of a man trapped in the machinery.
“A 23-year-old local man was declared deceased at the scene. Next of kin have been informed. Enquiries are underway to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident and the HSE has been informed of this matter.”
It later transpired that the company concerned was actually H&A Recycling, which was incorporated at Companies House in August 2011.
The company provides trade waste and commercial collections services to around 2,600 addresses around Cornwall and Devon.
In a statement, H&A Reycling said: “We are of course devastated that this accident has occurred at our recycling centre.
“At this very upsetting time we are fully co-operating with the police and the HSE, which are rightly conducting their investigations.”
The incident comes in a bad year for health and safety in the industry. The HSE’s annual report released in July revealed there were 14 deaths in 2016-17, almost double the previous yearly average.
A recent HSE report revealed that nearly half of the 39 fatal injuries to workers in the waste and recycling industry in the past five years were attributed to accidents involving moving vehicles or machinery.
Further analysis now shows that, in the five years to 1 April 2017, there were nine deaths due to employees being hit by vehicles and seven from contact with machinery.