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Wound-up firm fined £250,000 over death

A defunct company has been heavily fined following the death of a worker in a baling machine.

In a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive, RRS London Waste Papers was fined £250,000 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay costs of £6,639.77 and a victim surcharge of £170.

The court heard that Krzysztof Pawlak was found dead inside the compaction chamber of a baling machine having suffered fatal crush injuries.

An HSE investigation into the March 2017 incident found he had fallen down the loading hopper into the compaction chamber, most likely while attempting to clear a blockage, and falling into the chamber initiated compaction.

The investigation found that this could have been prevented had RRS London devised and instructed workers on a safe method for clearing machine blockages.

RRS London Waste Papers, of Manor Road, Erith, was found guilty of breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

HSE inspector Nicholas Wright said: “This tragic incident, which led to the avoidable death of a father, was easily preventable and the risk should have been identified.

“Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery.”

RRS London Waste Paper entered wind-up in February with Stewart Bennett, of insolvency practitioner ST Bennett, appointed as liquidator.

The HSE said that collecting a fine from a defunct company was a matter for the court.

Readers' comments (1)

  • What is the point of fining a company that has been wound up?

    In my opinion the former Directors should be made to pay this fine.

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