A firm has been forced to pay compensation to the widow of a man who died following an incident at its premises in Eversley, Hampshire.
Charlie Smith, 56, died from his injuries two days after a large mechanical shovel reversed into him at a site run by Biffa Waste Services.
The company was forced to pay GBP 10,000 to Mr Smith’s widow and also fined GBP 190,000 after admitting that it had not taken appropriate steps to guarantee its workers’ safety, Get Hampshire reports.
Between 2005 and 2007 there were four fatal incidents in which people were hit by shovel loaders in a sorting or transport facility, according to Nina Judkins of the Health and Safety Executive.
"Companies need to carefully assess tasks such as sorting waste by hand to make sure no one is at risk of being hit by a vehicle," she added.