24th November 2017

Kitchen company fined £1.2 Million

A national manufacturer and supplier of fitted kitchens, appliances and joinery products was fined £1.2 million and ordered to pay costs of £33,902 after a visiting HGV driver was crushed to death at one of the company’s premises when a forklift truck overturned whilst lifting kitchen worktops from the trailer.  The company had failed to implement a safe procedure to ensure that pedestrians were kept at a safe distance during loading and unloading work

31st October 2017

A clothing and textile recycling company has been fined £650,000

A clothing and textile recycling company has been fined £650,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,300 after an eighty-nine-year-old worker was fatally injured by a reversing delivery vehicle.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) showed the company had failed to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks arising from vehicle movement. It was custom and practice for vehicles to reverse from the weighbridge, which was also used by employees to access the factory. There were no measures in place to adequately segregate pedestrians from moving vehicles, and there wasn’t a safe system of work in place to ensure that vehicles could manoeuvre safely.

25th October 2017

Operator of illegal waste facility subject to a £2 Million confiscation order

The owner of a Wiltshire scrapyard and recycling company has been ordered to pay almost £2 million he made from running an illegal waste site in Melksham.

The original confiscation order was for £2.74 million, but this figure was reduced at Swindon Crown Court following an application to amend the earlier judgement under a legal clause known as the ‘Slip Rule.’  Defence lawyers successfully argued it had been wrong to include a figure for VAT when calculating how much their client had benefited from crime. They also alleged that, in preparing its prosecution, the Environment Agency had mistakenly included invoices for ferrous metals.

The defendant had been warned on several occasions about unlawful waste activities including the illegal disposal of waste on farmland and depositing and processing waste without an environmental permit.