Cheshire recycling firm fined following accident at work

A Cheshire recycling company has been fined GBP 10,000 after a member of staff lost part of his leg in an accident at work.

The incident occurred when a 46-year-old man was working in a tipping bay at the company’s Ditton Road site in Widnes in September 2009 and was struck by a Volvo L110E articulated shovel loader, which resulted in his leg being amputated below the knee.

WSR Recycling admitted it did not ensure pedestrians and vehicles could move around the bay safely when it appeared before Halton Magistrates Court in Runcorn.

Chris Goddard, the investigating inspector for HSE, said: "This worker has suffered a life-long injury as a result of a tragic incident and was very fortunate not to have been killed. He was run over by a very heavy vehicle, so his injuries could easily have been much worse."

Recently, the directors of Bedfordshire-based DG Bakery Ltd were fined after putting themselves at risk of being at the centre of work accident compensation claims by exposing staff to serious danger.

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