金属くずを片付けている間、フォークリフトの運転手が押しつぶされて死んだ

金属くずを片付けている間、フォークリフトの運転手が押しつぶされて死んだ – as bosses are found guilty of hundreds of safety breaches

  • Stuart Towns, 34, was manhandling large pieces of metal at a scrap metal plant
  • The father-of-two had been working at Alutrade Ltd in Oldbury on July 24, 2017
  • A safety gate on the machine had been broken placing workers in danger
  • Chilling footage shows a father-of-two just minutes before he was crushed to death at a scrap metal plant where bosses were guilty of hundreds of safety breaches.

    Stuart Towns, 34, was manhandling large pieces of metal which were blocking a conveyor belt when they smashed ontop of him causing horrific head injuries.

    A safety gate which prevented workers from going into the area unless the machine was turned off, had been broken.








    Stuart Towns, pictured approaching a large machine moments before his death, had been working at Alutrade Ltd in Oldbury, ウェストミッドランズ, for three months when he was killed on July 24, 2017

    Stuart Towns, pictured approaching a large machine moments before his death, had been working at Alutrade Ltd in Oldbury, ウェストミッドランズ, for three months when he was killed on July 24, 2017

    Stuart Towns, 写真, had been working for the company for three months when he was crushed to death while clearing a blockage on a machine

    Stuart Towns, 写真, had been working for the company for three months when he was crushed to death while clearing a blockage on a machine

    CCTV footage examined following the fatal incident showed how staff risked their lives while clearing blockages in the machine at the recycling plant

    CCTV footage examined following the fatal incident showed how staff risked their lives while clearing blockages in the machine at the recycling plant

    Mr Towns, marked number 5, walked underneath a hopper which had been blocked

    Mr Towns, marked number 5, walked underneath a hopper which had been blocked

    The CCTV footage showed Mr Towns ducking under the hopper, despite the company's managing director Malcolm George, pictured with the number 16, standing a short distance away

    The CCTV footage showed Mr Towns ducking under the hopper, despite the company’s managing director Malcolm George, pictured with the number 16, standing a short distance away

    Mr Towns, a forklift truck driver, had been working for Alutrade Ltd in Oldbury, ウェストミッドランズ, for three months when he was killed on July 24, 2017.

    CCTV footage shows Mr Towns walking into an area underneath a hopper, which housed powerful engines used to feed a conveyor belt with scrap metal for processing.

    数分後, his body was discovered by distraught colleagues. He’d suffered catastrophic head injuries and died at the scene.

    Alutrade Ltd admitted corporate manslaughter at Wolverhampton Crown Court last month.

    今日, the company and three of its bosses were fined more than £2 million.

    Managing director Malcolm George, 55, and fellow director Kevin Pugh, 46, along with health and safety manager Mark Redfern, 61, admitted breaching health and safety laws.

    ジョージ, 1歳のおばあちゃんが長生きする秘訣を明かす, ウスターシャー, was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £7,109 costs.

    Pugh, of Sutton Coldfield, ウェストミッドランズ, was fined £5,318 and ordered to pay £3,854.

    Redfern, of Rowley Regis, ウェストミッドランズ, was fined £2,635.

    Managing director Malcolm George, 55, 写真, and fellow director Kevin Pugh, 46, along with health and safety manager Mark Redfern, 61, admitted breaching health and safety laws. ジョージ, 1歳のおばあちゃんが長生きする秘訣を明かす, ウスターシャー, was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £7,109 costs

    Managing director Malcolm George, 55, 写真, and fellow director Kevin Pugh, 46, along with health and safety manager Mark Redfern, 61, admitted breaching health and safety laws. ジョージ, 1歳のおばあちゃんが長生きする秘訣を明かす, ウスターシャー, was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £7,109 costs

    Kevin Pugh, of Sutton Coldfield, ウェストミッドランズ, was fined £5,318 and ordered to pay £3,854

    Mark Redfern, of Rowley Regis, ウェストミッドランズ, was fined £2,635

    Kevin Pugh, 左, of Sutton Coldfield, ウェストミッドランズ, was fined £5,318 and ordered to pay £3,854. Mark Redfern, 正しい, of Rowley Regis, ウェストミッドランズ, was fined £2,635

    Alutrade Ltd admitted corporate manslaughter at Wolverhampton Crown Court last month in relation to Mr Towns' death. 今日, the company and three of its bosses were fined more than £2 million

    Alutrade Ltd admitted corporate manslaughter at Wolverhampton Crown Court last month in relation to Mr Towns’ 死. 今日, the company and three of its bosses were fined more than £2 million

    The court heard CCTV also showed shocking health and safety breaches just days before the tragedy.

    Four days earlier, Mr Towns had been told not to work so close to the hopper by Mr George.

    ただ 40 minutes before the tragedy, he was spotted on CCTV working dangerously close to the machinery but Mr George said nothing.

    A major investigation by West Midlands Police and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) revealed hundreds of safety breaches.

    They included workers jumping up and down on metal in a hopper to clear blockages, a forklift truck driven by Mr George being used to lift Mr Towns 18ft into the air to clear a blockage, with no safety rigging.

    Staff were also caught on camera walking on a conveyor belt to clear blockages.

    Detective Inspector Hannah Whitehouse said: ‘Stuart’s death should never have happened, but sadly it was an incident waiting to happen.

    ‘He and other staff at Alutrade Ltd were operating in a culture where dangerous working practices were regularly overlooked.

    ‘You do not need a detailed understanding of health and safety legislation to know from watching the footage that workers were frequently allowed to risk their lives.

    ‘The company put profit before health and safety and it cost Stuart his life.

    ‘I hope today’s convictions and hefty fines act as a deterrent to anyone else involved in the industry who hasn’t got their workerssafety as the top priority.

    Mr Townsfamily said: ‘After five years we now feel we can start to focus on the happy times we shared as a family with Stuart.

    ‘We hope that lessons can be learned from the way that Stuart died and hope that no other family goes through what we have been through.

    ‘It’s now time for us to focus on the good memories we have of Stuart.

    HSE inspector Jan Willets said: ‘Serious injuries to workers in waste and recycling are too common; and robust health and safety management by employers would reduce the risk.

    ‘If the gates preventing access to the conveyor had been repaired, workers would not have been put at risk and Stuart Townsfatal injuries could have been prevented.