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Recycling company fined after worker crushed

23 March 2017

Arrow Recycling Ltd has been fined after a worker was left fighting for his life after being crushed by about 400kg of cardboard.

Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court heard how Parvez Ahmed, 49, had been working on the recycling site in Smethwick, West Midlands on 22 April 2016 when he was crushed under bale stacks of falling cardboard.

Mr Ahmed suffered a cracked skull and a brain haemorrhage from the incident and was placed into a coma for ten days in hospital.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to establish a safe way to stack bales. This resulted in unstable and heavy bales which eventually fell causing the injuries to Mr Ahmed.

Arrow Recycling Limited of Premier Works, Cornwall Road, Smethwick pleaded guilty of breaching Regulation 10(4) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and have been fined £160,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2917.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Mahesh Mahey said: “This incident highlights the need for employers to devise and implement safe systems of work in relation to storage of baled materials.

“If the company had safe systems of work in place Mr Ahmed would not have been seriously injured.”

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