Two companies were fined a total of £815,000 after a worker was crushed to death in Lancashire by a refuse collection vehicle (RCV) whilst it was being refurbished. The HSE investigation found the fatal injury resulted from a poor system of work at the company (JFS) carrying out the refurbishment. In addition, the waste company failed in its inspection regime, which did not systematically review the functionality of the safety limit switch on RCVs. Had the fault with the safety limit switch been identified, and rectified, the poor system of work employed at JFS would not have resulted in the entrapment of the worker.
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.