The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Birmingham-based recycling company, after a worker was left fighting for his life after being crushed by approximately 400kg of cardboard.
On 22 April 2016, Parvez Ahmed, 49, was working on the recycling site in Smethwick, when he was crushed under bale stacks of falling cardboard.
Mr Ahmed suffered a cracked skull and a brain haemorrhage in the incident and was placed into a coma in hospital for ten days.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found Arrow Recycling Limited had failed to establish a safe way of stacking bales, which resulted in unstable and heavy bales eventually falling onto Mr Ahmed.
At Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court, Arrow Recycling Limited of Premier Works, Cornwall Road in Smethwick pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 10(4) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
The company was fined £160,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,917.
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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