Concrete Block Producer Fined
Concrete block producer Plasmor (Halton) Ltd was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found that it had failed to have a safety system in place for the delivery of raw materials, despite several tipper trucks coming onto the site every day.
Liverpool Crown Court heard earlier this month that David Astley had taken a truck of limestone dust to the plant on Tanhouse Lane in Widnes on 13 July 2013. The 56-year-old, from Ellesmere Port, was tipping the load onto the site when another driver arrived at the plant with a second load of limestone. The second driver was told to empty his truck in the same place but, as he lifted the trailer, it overturned and fell on top of Mr Astley’s cab, killing him.
The court was told the tipper trucks arriving on the site could weigh up to 44 tonnes and the risk of vehicles overturning is well known in the manufacturing and construction industry.
The HSE investigation found Plasmor had failed to carry out a risk assessment for the work and should have made sure vehicles were kept a safe distance apart. The person who directed the drivers onto the site had also not had any appropriate training.
Plasmor (Halton) Ltd, of Wormersley Road in Knottingley, was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £28,634 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.