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Waste firm pays £200,000 after employee death

A Derbyshire waste management firm has been fined £136,000 and ordered to pay £64,770 in costs following a worker’s death.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Rainbow Waste Management Ltd at Derby Crown Court after a worker was crushed by the bucket of a motorised loading shovel in June 2013.

Ashley William Morris, 24, sustained fatal injuries to his head and spine when the bucket of the loading shovel that he was operating crushed him at the firm’s site on Robian Way, Swadlincote.

More than 200 examples of unsafe working practices were recorded by CCTV cameras (pictured) in the 10 days leading up to the incident, the court heard. These practices included workers being lifted in the bucket and having to take evasive action to avoid contact with moving vehicles.

The firm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, which reads “it shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees”, at a hearing on 3 December 2015.

The Derby Telegraph reported in November 2014 that an inquest in Derby decided Morris’ death was an accident. It said the inquest heard from a company director that Morris had been put through a full training programme on how to operate the machinery.

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