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Recyclers prosecuted after employee left with ‘life changing’ injuries

Wolverhampton firm Jack Moody Recycling has been handed a £100,000 fine after an employee was hit by a shovel loader and had to have both his legs amputated below the knee as a result.

The incident happened in December 2014 at Lodgewood Farm in Telford, prompting an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The employee, who was picking litter, was struck as he stood next to a brick wall. The investigation revealed that the driver of the shovel loader did not realise he had hit anyone but thought he made contact with the wall.

The employee was air-lifted to hospital and underwent emergency surgery.

A prosecution was brought to Shrewsbury Crown Court on 20 October. James Moody Recycling, a landscaping, construction and recycling firm based at Hollybush Farm in Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

In addition to the £100,000 fine, the company was ordered to pay costs of £17,641.62.

HSE inspector David Kivlin said: “This is a heart-breaking story where a worker suffered horrendous injuries. It is vital that organisations have proper risk management in place when pedestrians and large industrial machinery are working closely together.

“The waste and recycling sector, which is made up of around 120,000 workers, has a statistically higher rate of workplace injury and work-related ill-health than other sectors.

“In trying to address this issue, the HSE is currently in the middle of targeting the sector with an inspection initiative that will look at certain activities to ensure effective management and control of risk.”

The HSE has said that the waste industry will need to show “leadership” if it is to tackle a fatal injury rate which is 10 times the average.

It has launched a waste sector plan in an attempt to drive up standards.

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