Sunday, 13 November 2016

New Earth Solutions fined £118,000 (low because of them being in administration) for death

New Earth Solutions Group Limited, a Kent-based waste and recycling company, was fined £118,373 (inc. costs) after an employee died when wasted material collapsed on top of him.
The circumstances were:
  • The  company failed to undertake and prepare risk assessments or safe systems of work for the creation and management of the stockpiles or adequate training.
  • Neville Watson was working close to the pile of waste material after connecting a shredder to the loading shovel he was driving. 
  • He died of asphyxiation whilst under the pile of waste that appeared to be over eight-metres-high.

The judge indicated that is the company had not been in administration the fine would have been between £600,000 and £1.3million.
The HSE inspector said:
“The request for Mr Watson to carry out the shredding operation was made without any form of structured training being in place. The company failed to ensure that Mr Watson was supervised by an employee trained in the task he was carrying out, particularly in light of the fact that he had never carried out the task before.”

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