07 November 2011
Family to seek compensation after man's death?
A fatal accident at work could lead to compensation being sought by the family of a 61-year-old man.
Terrence Gardiner passed away in May 2009 after an incident at premises owned by HG Gladwell and Sons near Ipswich - an organisation established more than 80 years ago - in which his neck was crushed by a piece of machinery.
An investigation into the accident revealed that Mr Gardiner was attempting to retrieve a plastic jug that had fallen into the pet food mixing equipment when the pneumatic hatch part of it came into contact with his neck.
Consequently, during a case at Ipswich Crown Court, HG Gladwell admitted breaking the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 as it had not made sure the sliding hatch at the top of the machine was safe for use.
Glyn Davies, inspector with the Health and Safety Executive, observed: "It is vital that manufacturing firms make sure that dangerous parts on their machines are identified and properly guarded."
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Posted by Trusha Vyas