Glass Recycling Firm Fined £180,000 After Agency Worker Crushed To Death

Glass recycling company, Recresco Ltd, has been fined £180,000 after a forklift truck driver was tragically crushed to death in 2010. 

Ian Aliski, 25, died when his truck overturned on his first day of work. Hewas moving aggregate from the production area to a storage shed when the forklift truck became unstable on the uneven surface and overturned.

The company had no policy in place to ensure seatbelts were worn. Liverpool Crown Court (pictured) heard that Mr Aliski would likely have survived had he. It is believed he was either thrown from the truck or attempted to jump as it fell.

Recresco Ltd admitted a safety law breach.

Martin Paren, HSE – Our investigation revealed a series of failures at the plant, with forklift trucks being used in an area that was completely unsuitable because of the uneven surface created by waste material scattered around the floor”

It was heard there were “systematic failings” in safety, including poor concrete surfaces where the trucks were driven and the narrow spaces in which they had to operate.

However, there was no evidence of cost-cutting to improve profits.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigators found that forklift truck drivers regularly had to work in an area that was often covered in waste materials. This prevented them from turning the vehicles safely.

HSE Inspector Martin Paren said: “Our investigation revealed a series of failures at the plant, with forklift trucks being used in an area that was completely unsuitable because of the uneven surface created by waste material scattered around the floor. There was also no policy in place for the use of seatbelts.

“Sadly, it was entirely foreseeable that someone was at risk of being badly injured or killed.”


 

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