Amber Services Ltd, an Ystrad Mynach recycling firm, has been prosecuted following an incident where a 56 year-old yard foreman was crushed to death 25 June 2008. The yard foreman, Norman Mayne from Newport, died after he became trapped between a container and a skip their recycling yard at Dyffryn Business Park. Mr Mayne was in the middle of locating suitable skips, one of his regular tasks, when suddenly he was trapped between a stationary skip and a container that a colleague was loading onto a vehicle.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the accident and discovered that the company had no adequate system in place to guarantee the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians. Clare Owen, a HSE inspector said –
“The death of Mr Mayne could have been prevented if a few simple measures had been put in place.
“There was no effective system for managing vehicle and pedestrian movements on site, and skip storage was disorganised. If a clearly defined system to control vehicles was in place and the site was kept in an orderly condition, the likelihood of such an incident occurring would be dramatically reduced. It is particularly important, wherever a driver has no view of his ‘blind spot’ during reversing and loading and unloading operations, that the activity is managed and controlled.”
Amber Engineering Limited (trading as Amber Services) was found guilty by Cardiff Crown Court to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. he company was ordered to pay fines of £112,000 in addition to costs of £36,000.