Recycling Company Sentenced Over Worker Injury

Worthing-court-sentenceA company specialising in the recycling of waste plastic was fined last week (12 June) after a worker was injured when he fell from an industrial sized waste bin. 

Worthing magistrates heard on 17 June 2014, the worker fell approximately 2.5 metres from the top of a large roll on/off waste bin while manually tipping out non-recyclable waste plastic into the waste bin from a tonne bulk bag.

At the time of his fall, the injured party was standing inside the waste bin with the top of the container reaching up to shin height.

Suzanne Matthews – “Had the company carried out a proper risk assessment of the work, they would have identified both the foreseeable work at height risk involved and how that risk could have been avoided by choosing a system of work which eliminated the need for employees to work at height altogether”

There was nothing to prevent him from falling out of the container while manually unloading the bulk bags into the waste bin. As a result of his fall, he suffered broken collarbone and wrist as well as a blow to the head.

The man’s employer, Southern Plastic Recycling Limited pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court to breaching of Section 3(1) of Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 for which a £500.00 fine was imposed, and a breach of Section 6 (3) of Work at Height Regulations 2005 which attracted a £1000 fine.

The company of Jury Lane, Sidlesham Common, Chichester, West Sussex was also ordered to pay costs £1043.00.

Suzanne Matthews said: “Had the company carried out a proper risk assessment of the work, they would have identified both the foreseeable work at height risk involved and how that risk could have been avoided by choosing a system of work which eliminated the need for employees to work at height altogether. ”


 

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