A Cambridgeshire haulage company has been fined £510,000 and ordered to pay costs of £30,000 after they admitted illegally storing baled waste. Its director has been ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work. The company operated from an address which had an environmental permit, but the offences occurred at sites which did not. During 2014 and 2015 the company used a site next to Royston Sewage Treatment Works to illegally store thousands of tonnes of baled combustible waste known as refuse derived fuel (RDF), which posed a significant fire risk. Some waste was also buried at the site and some stockpiled at another nearby location.
A Bedfordshire waste company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,603 after two of its employees suffered burns whilst using an industrial plastic shredder to process flammable aerosol containers. While using a gas operated forklift to lift the canisters into a shredder, a spark from the forklift ignited a cloud of gas created by the shredded aerosols, leading to an explosion. While both workers were injured, one suffered serious third degree burns which left him in an induced coma for 10 days, on a life support machine. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the work was not suitably planned, not supervised by a competent person nor was it carried out in a safe manner.
A Cambridgeshire charity has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,654 after a member of the public lost her leg when she became trapped under a lorry carrying a fairground ride. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the charity failed to organise safe workplace transport whilst setting up for the event, which meant that appropriate controls such as such as temporary barriers were not put in place to segregate vehicles and pedestrians