Recycling firm fined £200,000 for workplace fatality

A Coventry recycling firm has been slapped with a £200,000 fine after a worker was killed when a reversing skip lorry struck him.

Easco (Midlands) was also ordered to pay £55,000 costs at Coventry Crown Court last week after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Ronald Barnacle, 58, a burner at the metal recycling plant, was struck in June 2005.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said there were inadequate precautions in place to segregate pedestrians from vehicles, despite previous warnings from the HSE at other sites in the Easco group.

HSE inspector Jenny Skeldon said: “Scrapyard owners need to ensure they make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of the movement of vehicles and pedestrians on site, and identify and implement appropriate control measures to prevent people being struck by moving vehicles.

“Had basic health and safety precautions been observed, it is unlikely that such a fatality would have occurred,” Skeldon said.

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