28 May 2008
Firm made to pay after employee loses life at work
A company has been issued a fine following an incident in which one of its workers lost his life.
White Reclamation - a metal processing business that was established in 1958 - was ordered to pay £50,000 plus costs of £30,000 during a hearing at Manchester crown court.
It pleaded guilty to breaches of health and safety laws.
The accident occurred in July 2003 when employee Richard Buckley was buried in waste while empting his vehicle on firm's site in Eccles.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that, at the time of Mr Buckley's death, no segregation of pedestrians or vehicles existed and that there was no marshal or traffic management system.
Commenting on the case, Paul Harvey, head of the HSE's national group covering waste and recycling, said: "Waste transfer stations are dangerous places. It is essential that vehicle movements are properly controlled and that shovel operators know where drivers are before approaching loads."