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Recycling firm fined after worker crushed to death

An Ystrad Mynach recycling firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a yard foreman was crushed to death.

56 year-old Norman Mayne from Newport died after he became trapped between a container and a skip at Amber Services Ltd's recycling yard at Dyffryn Business Park on 25 June 2008.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that Mr Mayne was carrying out one of his regular duties of locating suitable skips, when he became trapped between a stationary skip and a container that a colleague was loading onto a vehicle that had been reversed in to the yard.

An investigation by the HSE found that the company had failed to ensure the safety of its employees because an effective system to  permit the safe movement of pedestrians and vehicles was not in place.

Amber Engineering Limited (trading as Amber Services), of the Recycling Centre Dyffryn Business Park, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

The company was fined £112,000 and ordered to pay costs of £36,000.


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