A tragic work accident saw a lorry driver crushed and killed by heavy graphite parts, a court has been told.
Ahmet Yakar, 52, a Turkish national who spoke no English, was struck by parts weighing up to a quarter-of-a-tonne each after being permitted to unload his vehicle in an unsafe way.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the death, which happened at Morganite Electrical Carbon Ltd at Upper Forest Way, Swansea, on July 19, 2011.
The company was fined £120,000 after being prosecuted last Friday (January 17) for failing to ensure an unloading operation was properly and safely managed.
Fatal work accident saw driver crushed
Mr Yakar was wary of opening up the sides of his curtain-sided vehicle in the lead-up to the work accident as he arrived to make a delivery at Morganite.
Instead, he was given a hand-operated pallet truck to switch the boxes to the back of the lorry, where they were put on a forklift truck.
The boxes – stacked four high – became unstable. The top box knocked him off the lorry and another toppled on to him as he lay on the ground. He died at the scene.
The HSE uncovered safety failings including Morganite not having safe working procedures for receiving and unloading delivery lorries.
In addition, it had no fixed policy for dealing with drivers who spoke no English.
Swansea-based Morganite was also told to pay £16,021 in costs after pleading guilty to single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
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