A re-cycling firm based in Derbyshire has been prosecuted, after an employee was seriously injured in a car crushing machine.
Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court was told that Thomasz Hac and a colleague were working for Ward Recycling at their plant on Griffon Road, in Ilkeston and were attempting to clear a blockage from a machine known as a ‘fragmentiser’, which is used for crushing and shredding cars prior to re-cycling.
The two men had accessed the machine by climbing through an open canopy but once inside, a scrapped vehicle that was stuck at the top of the fragmentiser, slipped and landed on top of Mr. Hac.
The employee suffered terrible crush injuries to his abdominal area and also suffered fractures to his ribs and shoulder, he did briefly return to work three months after the accident but later left the company.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that the re-cycling firm had no safe system of working in place.
Donald Ward Limited (trading as Ward Recycling), of Woodville, Nr. Burton on Trent, was fined £20,000 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Speaking after the court hearing the prosecuting HSE inspector stated that the accident could easily have been avoided, had the company recognised the dangers and devised a safer way of unblocking the fragmentiser.