14 April 2008
Firm fined after worker is crushed to death in machinery
A company has been fined after a worker sustained fatal injuries when he was crushed by a piece of machinery.
Edeco Petroleum Services, which is owned by the Simmons Group of Canada, was ordered to pay £200,000 during a hearing at Hull crown court as a result of the incident, which involved a 36-year-old sub-contractor named Neil Millar.
Mr Millar had been working on a drilling project at Aldbrough Gas Storage facility in East Yorkshire in 2005 when he became trapped by a descending arm used to lift materials on a drilling rig.
His colleagues subsequently discovered him dead beneath the equipment.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector John Rowe said: "Employers have a duty to ensure that workplace machinery is safely guarded and that their employees do not have access to exposed and dangerous moving parts."