A north-west recycling business has received significant fines after a member of staff was tragically killed when a forklift he was driving overturned.
Liverpool Crown Court heard yesterday (December 18th) how 29-year-old Ian Laski of Ellesmere Port was working at Recresco's glass recycling plant in Manisty Wharf in April 2010 when the incident occurred.
It was his first day working for the business and he had been tasked with transport waste materials from one are of the site to another. It was later shown that Mr Laski had not received proper training in the use of the vehicle and was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
HSE inspector Martin Paren commented: "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."
The company pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined GBP 180,000 for its failings. It was also ordered to pay prosecution costs totalling GBP 38,693.
Posted by Wayne Weir