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Two companies fined after worker is fatally crushed at paper mill
Two companies have been fined after a worker suffered fatal crush injuries when he was struck by a shovel loader.
Mold Magistrates Court heard how in February 2017, a 29-year-old employee of C M Downton (Haulage Contractors) was fatally crushed when he was struck from behind by a Volvo shovel loader whilst working at UPM-Kymmene (UK)'s Shotton Paper Mill.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive, found that there was no safe system of work to segregate pedestrians and vehicles and that drivers had limited visibility when driving large shovel loaders.
C M Downton (Haulage Contractors) of Moreton Valance, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 (1) and 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £350,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,613.90. The company was also ordered to pay £170 victim surcharge.
UPM-Kymmene (UK) of Irvine, Ayrshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £350,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,711.90. The company was also ordered to pay £170 victim surcharge.
HSE inspector Mhairi Duffy said after the hearing: "This death would have been prevented had an effective system for managing workplace transport been in place. This is a reminder to all employers to properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risks from moving vehicles in their workplaces."
21st February 2019