A Stoke-on-Trent food waste disposal and recycling firm has been fined £250,000 and ordered to pay costs of £37,362 after three employees were overcome by toxic gases. In the sane incident two further employees entered the waste compartment and were also overcome by the gases. The court heard that the company had been prosecuted twice before for two fatal incidents which involved confined space entry within a processing plant.
A Wrexham coach company has been fined £250,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,068 after it repeatedly failed to comply with legal notices to get its lifting equipment examined. An inspection, carried out in 2015. revealed overdue Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) examinations on fourteen items. An improvement notice was served, and extended twice, and still resulted in a failure to comply. It was also noted that an improvement notice had been served on the company in 2011.
A Derbyshire waste management and plant hire company has been fined £300,000 and ordered to pay costs of £50,737 after a worker was fatally crushed between two vehicles while refuelling. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred in 2013, found there were no marked or identified vehicle and pedestrian routes. There were no rules or control of reversing manoeuvres, and the lighting at the site was poor and below the required standard.