Company fined after fatal accident at work

Recycling firm fined after worker hit by vehicle 25727

A recycling firm based in Redcar has been fined £200,000 after a worker was struck and killed by a load shovel vehicle in 2008.

The verdict may leave those surviving Raymond Thomas Burns, 43, of Eston, in a position where they can launch a civil compensation claim, as his former employer has now admitted liability.

Teesside Crown Court was told Mr Burns was working around a large wood pile used to feed a hammer mill when he was struck and run over by a load shovel, before dying at the scene.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation into the fatal accident found that no segregation measures had been put in place to seperate pedestrians and vehicles, something that is required by industry regulations.

For its failings, UK Wood Recycling has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay £34,000 in costs after pleading guilty to a single guideline breach.

After the case, HSE inspector Bruno Porter said, "There was simply an acceptance by UK Wood Recycling of the established working pattern. Solely relying on drivers or workers noticing each other is not adequate control."

By Francesca Witney