A worker was left with life-threatening injuries after 400kg of cardboard fell on him.
The worker at Arrow Recycling Ltd was crushed under the stack of cardboard during the accident in April 2016.
The company has now been fined £160,000.
Worker placed in coma after accident
Parvez Ahmed, 49, was working at a recycling site in Smethwick, West Midlands when the accident at work happened, Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court heard.
The company had not found a safe way to stack the bales of cardboard, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found. This led to the unstable and heavy bales falling onto Mr Ahmed.
Arrow Recycling Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 10(4) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and has been fined £160,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,917.
Need for safe storage systems
HSE Inspector Mahesh Mahey said: “This incident highlights the need for employers to devise and implement safe systems of work in relation to storage of baled materials.
“If the company had safe systems of work in place, Mr Ahmed would not have been seriously injured.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: April 5, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown