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Paper recycling company fined after worker’s death

Date:
9 March 2017

Recycle Paper UK Ltd has been fined after a worker was thrown from a fork lift truck and died as a result of the injuries he sustained.

Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court heard that at on 4 January 2013, Mr Mohammed Yasin was using the fork lift truck to carry a load weighing about 980kg when it overturned. Mr Yasin was thrown from the fork lift truck and died later due to injuries sustained when he was struck by the overturning lift truck.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to have any supervision of the workplace activity and also failed to provide the worker with any appropriate training in order to operate the fork lift truck, which was fitted with a bale clamp.

The Magistrates noted that a starting fine of £160,000 would have been considered but since Recycle Paper UK Ltd of Wolverhampton was in liquidation, the fine payable was a nominal fee of £1.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Caroline Lane said: “This was an extremely tragic incident which highlights the importance for duty holders to appropriately supervise and train workers to the required standard when operating such machinery.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
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