A Kent re-cycling firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a teenagers foot was broken by a sixteen tonne re-cycling machine.
Nineteen year old Daniel Brown was working for Countrystyle Recycling Limited, at their plant in Folkestone and was sorting through waste material, when the re-cycling machine ran over his foot.
Mr. Brown suffered serious personal injury in the accident, breaking sixteen bones in his right foot, which have left him unable to return to work, as he is still suffering with severe pain and arthritis.
Maidstone Magistrates’ Court was told that the teenager has had to give up a promising career in Motocross because of his injuries and has not been able to carry on with his car driving lessons.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that the company had failed to install a system which safely segregated pedestrians from vehicles; employees had simply been told to keep clear of manoeuvring vehicles.
Countrystyle Recycling Limited of Lenham, in Maidstone, Kent, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £6,221 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court.