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Yorkshire firm fined £285,000

A Yorkshire concrete manufacturer was fined £285,000 and ordered to pay costs of £56,324 following two separate incidents which resulted in a fatality, June 2014 and a serious injury, April 2018.   The fatality occurred when an operator was crushed and killed instantly between the frames of two mobile machines as they passed each other.  An investigation by HSE found that it was the nature of production for machines to routinely pass each other on adjacent lines. The company had failed to identify the risk of crushing posed by the passing machines; failed to devise a safe system of work to control this risk and failed to provide adequate training in such a procedure to employees.  The investigation by HSE into the second incident found that the machine in question was not fitted with working interlocks, meaning several of the machine doors could be opened to gain access to dangerous moving parts whilst the machine was operating.