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Employee dies after collapse of waste material covers him

Maidstone Crown Court heard how Neville Watson, aged 39 and a father of two, was working close to the pile of waste material after connecting a shredder to the loading shovel he was driving. He died of asphyxiation whilst under the pile of waste that appeared to be over eight-metres-high.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident, found that New Earth Solutions Group Limited, failed to undertake and prepare risk assessments or safe systems of work for the creation and management of the stockpiles or adequate training.

New Earth Solutions Group Limited, of Black Moor Road, Verwood, Dorset, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £38,373.92. The judge indicated that is the company had not been in administration the fine would have been between £600,000 and £1.3million.

Added: 11-11-2016
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