June 22, 2018

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Company fined after worker killed

A company which manufactures freshly prepared meals has been fined £176,000 following an incident in which an employee was killed after being struck by empty food trays.

Falkirk Sheriff Court was told that on 22 March 2016, an employee of Bakkavor Foods Limited was assisting with unloading and moving empty food trays. The trays the fork lift truck was carrying made contact with a stack of empty food trays, which then collapsed and struck the employee, causing him to fall to the ground and strike his head. He died from his injuries approximately two weeks later.

The HSE’s investigation found Bakkavor Foods Limited had failed to ensure there was sufficient segregation between the fork lift truck and the employees.

Bakkavor Foods Limited of Bridgeness Road, Bo’ness pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £176,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Stuart Easson said: “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident caused by the failure of the host company to implement safe systems of work.

“This risk was further amplified by the company’s failure to undertake safety measures including segregating vehicles and employees”.

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