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Company Fined after Man Crushed by Wine Bottles in Accident at Work

A company has been fined after a tragic accident at work resulted in a man being crushed by a delivery of wine bottles.

The owner of a vineyard in Cornwall was taking delivery of an amount of empty wine bottles when tragedy struck in April 2008. George Musgrave owned Polmassick Vineyard near St Austell in Cornwall, and was helping the agency driver unload his delivery from the back of the lorry. His delivery fell from the tail lift of the lorry and collided into him. He suffered catastrophic head and chest injuries in the impact, which unfortunately proved fatal.

The delivery company – Gregory Distribution Ltd. – were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for breaking health and safety law. The firm pleaded guilty to breaking the Health and Safety at Work Act. This was in regards to exposing someone to risk by having inadequate procedures for unloading goods on pallets. They were fined £200,000 last week and also made to pay legal costs of nearly £17,000.

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive reiterated the dangers of unloading heavy loads without the correct equipment and training. They also stated that agency staff should made aware of company procedures and fully trained to perform dangerous tasks.

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