London waste paper company fined for worker fatality

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London Waste Papers was fined £250,000

A London-based waste paper company has been fined £250,000 for health and safety breaches which led to the death of one of its employees.

The RRS London Waste Papers’ employee was found dead inside a compaction chamber of a baling machine after falling down the loading hopper on 27 March, 2017.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the worker was most likely attempting to clear and blockage and fell into the chamber, initiating the compaction sequence.

HSE said this could have been prevented had RRS London Waste Papers instructed workers on a safe method for clearing machine blockages.

Climbing up the baler to clean the machine blockages exposed workers to the risk of falling a large distance onto either the compaction chamber or the concrete floor.

RSS London Waste Papers were also ordered to pay costs of £6,639.77 and a victim surcharge of £170.

HSE inspector Nicholas Wright said: “This tragic incident, which led to the avoidable death of a father, was easily preventable and the risk should have been identified.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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