Recycling Firm Employee Dies After Being Crushed In “Tragic Accident”

10-06-13(3)picA man has died after being crushed last week by machinery at a waste management firm in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.

Ashley William Morris, who worked at Rainbow Waste, suffered his injuries on the morning of Friday 7 June and died the following day at the Nottingham Queen’s Medical Centre.

Derbyshire Police have described the death as a “tragic accident”, and an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is now underway.

Chris Hill – “Rainbow Waste takes its health and safety obligations very seriously. The events leading up to the incident are now a matter for investigation by ourselves, the Police, and the Health and Safety Executive”

Chris Hill, a director at Rainbow Waste, said: “The company has been in touch with the employee’s family to express its deepest condolences to his friends and family. At this difficult time our thoughts are obviously with his family and work colleagues.

“All those involved in the incident have been offered counselling. Rainbow Waste takes its health and safety obligations very seriously. The events leading up to the incident are now a matter for investigation by ourselves, the Police, and the Health and Safety Executive and it would be inappropriate for us to comment further whilst the investigation is ongoing.”

The death of Mr Morris is a stark reminder of the dangers associated with working in the waste and recycling sector, and is an issue that the HSE is attempting to address following the launch of its blueprint for improving the industry’s health and safety record last week.

HSE waste and recycling lead Graeme Walker said that long-term sustainable improvements “rely on strong industry leadership’, adding that the blueprint is a “really important development in the drive for improved health and safety in the waste and recycling sector.”

 

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