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Recycler to pay £160k for bale crush coma

Smethwick firm Arrow Recycling has been handed a £160,000 fine after its failure to safely stack cardboard bales led to a worker being crushed under more than a third of a tonne of the material and being placed in a coma for ten days.

Recycler tipped to pay £160k for bale crush coma
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Forty-nine-year-old employee Parvez Ahmed was left fighting for his life when an unstable stack of cardboard bales, weighing around 400kg, tumbled over and landed on  him as he was carrying out work at the firm’s recycling site on 22 April 2016. Ahmed suffered a cracked skull and a brain haemorrhage.

Arrow Recycling of Premier Works, Cornwall Road, Smethwick, West Midlands pleaded guilty to breaching reg 10(4) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was sentenced at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ last week. The company was also ordered to pay £2,917 in costs.


Nic Warburton is acting editor, IOSH Magazine

 Nick Warburton is acting editor of IOSH Magazine. He is a former editor of SHP and has also worked on Local Authority Waste and Recycling and Environmental Health Practitioner

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