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         In Short                  Fatal injuries at two waste

                                   and recycling plants costs
         Dockyard’s LOLER breach
                                © Lewis Clarke (cc-by-sa/2.0)   firms more than £600k

                                   A site labourer died after
         The Office for Nuclear Regulation   being run over by a wheeled
         (ONR) has notified Devonport   front-loading shovel and in a
         Royal Dockyard of its intention   separate incident a worker was
         to prosecute after it breached   fatally crushed under falling
         reg 8 of the Lifting Operations   plastic bales.
         and Lifting Equipment Regs last   In the first case, Sanders Plant
         September. The ONR said: “For   and Waste Management was
         legal reasons we are unable to   fined £500,000 after labourer
         comment further on the details   George Richardson was run over
         of the case as it is now the    by the loading shovel at its site in
         subject of active court    Pegswood, Northumberland, on
         proceedings.” Proceedings are   15 June 2015.                                                            © Newcastle Evening Chronicle
         scheduled to start at Plymouth   Newcastle upon Tyne Crown
         Magistrates’ Court on 23 July.  Court was told the driver was   Sanders Plant and Waste Management: the site labourer was run over by a loading shovel
                                   loading waste into both the            trommel, a large separation and
                                   sifting machine, and a parked   Referring to the visit in 2014,   Some hours later, Andrews began
         ‘Careless’ contractor fined  haulage vehicle in the main   Hassall added: “There was   work nearby.
         A building contractor has been   waste processing shed when   absolutely no specific advice   The HSE found Centriforce
         fined £1,200 over the unlicensed   Richardson was struck. He died   given in relation to the inside of   Products had failed to store the
         removal of asbestos during a    at the scene.        the shed or traffic management   plastic bales securely to prevent
         garage conversion. The HSE    The Health and Safety   in the waste processing shed.”  the risk of collapse. It also did
         visited the site after a member   Executive (HSE) found a lack    The Morpeth-based firm has   not carry out a suitable risk
         of the public said Mohammad   of pedestrian and vehicle   since introduced improvements,   assessment, which would have
         Arshad had left materials    segregation. The company had   including a traffic management   identified the risks of working
         potentially containing asbestos   carried out a risk assessment   plan and the installation of   near unstable stacks.
         outside the property. Tests   before the incident and identified   reverse alarms on the wheeled   It pleaded guilty to breaching
         found it to be asbestos    some control measures to reduce   loader.           s 2(1) of the HSW Act and must
         insulating board. The HSE said   the risks from operating the   Sanders Waste and Plant   also pay £10,541 in costs.
         Arshad had “carelessly” removed   loading shovel and a forklift   Management pleaded guilty to   In a third incident, Suez
         the material himself, “putting   truck. However, the controls had   breaching reg 2(1) of the Health   Recycling and Recovery was fined
         himself and others at risk of   not been fully implemented and   and Safety at Work (HSW) Act. It   £144,000 after employee Nadeem
         exposure”.                were not enough to manage the   must also pay £14,042 in costs.    Akhtar sustained prolapsed discs
                                   risk of collision between vehicles   In the second case, Liverpool   in his back while manoeuvring            and pedestrians.           recycling company Centriforce   gantry steps at the company’s
                                     The court was also told the   Products was fined £120,000   site in Haslingden, Lancashire, in
         900 cases of modern slavery   quantity of waste in the shed   after employee Paul Andrews was   September 2016. Suez Recycling
         Drivers who downloaded the   restricted the loader’s   fatally crushed by a stack of   and Recovery had ignored
         Safe Car Wash app between    movement.               plastic bales, which toppled over   workers’ concerns about moving
         June and December last year    According to the Newcastle   at the firm’s Derby Road site on   the steps, which weighed almost
         uncovered more than 900    Evening Chronicle, the HSE had   24 May 2017.       one tonne.
         potential cases of modern   concluded site improvements   Liverpool Crown Court was   Preston Crown Court was told
         slavery in hand car washes in the   were needed after an unan-  told how Andrews was working   it was common practice for
         UK, although less than one-fifth   nounced visit in September 2014.   near the stack when the middle   workers to use scaffolding poles
         called the anti-slavery helpline   Defending, Craig Hassall said   and top bales, which weighed   under the 950 kg steps to
         to report their concerns. The   Sanders accepted that there were   more than 500 kg, fell, crushing   manually move them back into
         app was launched in 2018 by the   no separate entrances or exits for   him. The incident was not   position. Site managers knew
         Catholic Church and the Church   vehicles and pedestrians in place   discovered until nearly an hour   about the hazardous practice
         of England, whose campaign   or segregated walkways in the   later.            because it had been reported by
         against modern slavery – the   shed or in and out of the doors.   During the morning, a forklift   staff, but they failed to risk
         Clewer Initiative – described    The company agreed the   truck driver noticed one of the   assess the task and did not
         the number of calls as    walkways would have been a   columns of bales, stacked three   implement a safe working
         “disappointing”.          reasonable practical measure and   high, had partly collapsed,   method.
                                   it had failed to ensure the health   obstructing his path. He used the   Suez pleaded guilty to            and safety of employees working   truck to straighten and stabilise   breaching s 2(1) of the HSW Act
                                   in the shed.               the stack before continuing.   and must pay £32,000 in costs.

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