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Food manufacturer fined after workers death

On the day of the incident, 29 year old father of one Jacek Adamowicz was cleaning a storage yard when a number of plastic bales weighing 703kg fell towards him trapping him against the ground.

Manchester Crown Court heard that Hitchen Foods, owned by the Bakkavor Group, had failed to consider and properly plan the stacking and storage of the bales.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was unsafe stacking of bales of plastic. Bakkavor Foods Limited had failed to implement properly planned safe systems of work for their employees who were exposed during the stacking of the bales. There was also no formal training in stacking bales and lack of monitoring in the bale area.

Bakkavor Foods Limited Foods of Dobson Park Way, Wigan plead guilty to breaches of Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work at 1974 and was fined £2million with £32,595.10 costs.

Added: 03-05-2017
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