An aluminium firm has been fined £140,000 after an employee tragically died in an accident at work.
Stefan Durina, 33, was crushed under a forklift truck at Boal UK Ltd in Shepshed, near Loughborough, after it toppled over while lifting aluminium dies from storage racks.
Leicester Crown Court heard how Mr Durina, from Beeston in Nottinghamshire, sustained fatal injuries to his chest and abdomen in the incident on June 23, 2013, and died in hospital the following day.
Dangers not addressed
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the incident could have been prevented.
Among its findings were an inadequate risk assessment for collecting and replacing dies in storage racks and poor organisation of lifting operations in the die storage area.
Boal UK was fined £140,000 and ordered to pay £32,250 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
In sentencing, the judge said Boal UK “fell far short” of acceptable standards and there was a “prolonged and very substantial failure” by the company in relation to its monitoring, supervision and enforcement of safe working procedures in the die shop.
Poor working practices
HSE inspector Berian Price says Mr Durina’s death was entirely preventable.
“This incident happened because of management’s failure to ensure a safe system of work was in place that was clearly understood and adhered to by employees and supervised by departmental management,” he adds.
The incident was caused by “poor control of working practices” and partly down to the “lack of appropriate controls to prevent the lifting truck coming into contact with overhead beams”.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: June 4, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown