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Waste firm fined £500,000 after worker killed by vehicle

Sanders Plant & Waste Management has been fined £500,000 after an employee was fatally injured when struck by a reversing loading shovel.

Newcastle upon Tyne Crown Court heard that, on 15 June 2015, a wheeled front-loading shovel was loading waste into both a trommel and a parked haulage vehicle in the main waste processing shed at the company’s Morpeth premises.

During this operation, employee George Richardson was struck by the shovel and died at the scene from his injuries.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found a lack of pedestrian and vehicle segregation in the waste shed, and that control measures devised after a risk assessment had not been fully implemented and were in any case insufficient.

Sanders Plant & Waste Management pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £500,000 with costs of £14,041.96.

HSE inspector Laura Catterall said, “A properly implemented transport risk assessment should have identified sufficient measures to segregate people and vehicles, and provide safe facilities.”


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