An animal feed company has admitted safety failings after a lorry driver was crushed to death in a tragic accident at work.
David Leslie, 49, of Balmedie, worked for a feed services firm and was picking up a load from East Coast Viners Grain LLP’s site in Drumlithie, Stonehaven, when the fatal incident occurred on 18 March 2013.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard how the worker suffered severe crush injuries to his head, neck and chest.
No safe system of work
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive revealed East Coast Viners Grain LLP did not have in place a safe system of work for the task and operators were left to carry it out in any way they saw fit.
Mr Leslie was helping with the loading operation, standing near the base of the grain elevator, which carries the animal feed up and drops it into a bulk transporter, ready to pull the lever in the grain bin to release the feed once in position.
But the bin, which weighed around 600kg and held 1.5 tonnes of feed, rolled off the forks of the forklift truck and struck him from about five and a half feet in the air.
East Coast Viners Grain LLP, of Broadwood, Drumlithie, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, was fined £240,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
It had previously been fined £4,000 for a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 following an incident in which a mill operative suffered head injuries when he fell from an excavator bucket in December 2009.
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