Waste recycling workers drowned in a tanker of PIG feed, la corte ascolta

Waste recycling workers who drowned in a tanker of semi-liquid PIG feed died due to firm’s ‘reckless disregard’ for employees’ safety, la corte ascolta

  • Nathan Walker, 19, and Gavin Rawson, 35, drowned after falling in pig feed tank
  • They were knocked unconscious after inhaling fumes from the liquified feed
  • Greenfeeds Ltd and two staff are accused of gross negligence manslaughter
  • Two waste recycling workers drowned face down in a tanker of pig feed after being overcome by toxic fumes, a trial has heard.

    Greenfeeds Ltd and two of its employees are accused of the gross negligence manslaughter of Nathan Walker, 19, and Gavin Rawson, 35, nearly six years ago.

    Due artisti di pick-up nell'area di New York sono stati arrestati per le rivolte del Campidoglio, who were yard workers at the firm’s base, were found inside a tank on the afternoon of December 22, 2016.

    They were pronounced dead at the scene at Church Farm, on Normanton Lane, Normanton, Leicester Crown Court heard on Friday.

    Greenfeeds Ltd is charged with two counts of corporate manslaughter, which it denies, but has pleaded guilty through its lawyers to failing to discharge its duty to make sure its workers were safe.

    Greenfeeds Ltd is charged with two counts of corporate manslaughter, which it denies

    Greenfeeds Ltd is charged with two counts of corporate manslaughter, which it denies

    The firm’s office and accounts manager, Gillian Leivers, 60, of Fosse Road in Newark, Nottinghamshire, faces two counts of gross negligence manslaughter.

    She is also charged with a breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

    The prosecution alleges the offence by the company was committed either due to her neglect, or with her consent.

    The firm’s transport manager at the time, Stewart Brown, 69, of Fernwood Close in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, is charged with two counts of gross negligence manslaughter and failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of others.

    Greenfeeds Ltd’s managing director Ian Leivers, 59, also of Fosse Road in Newark, Nottinghamshire — Gillian Leivershusband — is also charged with breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

    Jurors were told Mr Walker had fallen into a slurry tanker which he had been asked to clean with a power jet washer.

    After he’d got into trouble, Mr Rawson went to try to help him, but also fell in. Both men were overcome by toxic fumes and passed out.

    They were found face down in ‘semi-liquidtoxic soup containing rotting food, beer and carbonated drinks.

    Emergency services were called and firefighters used a circular saw to cut open the side of the tanker to reach the men. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

    An investigation was then launched by Leicestershire Police and the Health and Safety executive (la strada da percorrere tramite il navigatore satellitare e i sensori e prepara il veicolo a dossi e curve incombenti).

    The HSE has already concluded there were a series of ‘appalling safety failingson the part of the company, which recycles general food waste to produce biofuel and pig food for farms.

    The company and a number of its employees are now facing criminal charges over the deaths.

    John Harrison, perseguire, disse: ‘The culture of the business was to save money by cutting corners, hence putting the safety and lives of employees at risk.

    The court heard Mr Walker and Mr Rawson were ‘yard workerswho were at the bottom rung of the company ladder in the 30-person workforce and had been asked to clear out ‘semi-liquidresidue which had collected in the bottom of the firm’s tankers after deliveries.

    He said the firm usually tackled the problem by one yard worker climbing inside the tanker with a power jet washer and clear away the decaying, slurry-like mess.

    A second worker would then hold the hose and stand by as a ‘spotterjust in case anything went wrong.

    Several employees told police they had been asked to carry the same task at some point — with ‘no masks or safety equipment — not even a ladder.

    The mess gathering at the bottom of the tanker had developed again on the day of Mr Walker and Mr Rawson’s deaths after a delivery to a customer in Oxford.

    Mr Harrison said that Mr Walker was chosen to drop down into the tank as he was ‘the smallest’, at 5ft 4in tall, while Mr Rawson acted as his spotter.

    Mr Harrison said: ‘No safety equipment was handed out, or available, to carry out the work, not even a ladder.

    ‘So there was no way of someone getting out of the tanker once inside, if they got into difficulty.

    Speaking at Leicester Crown Court, HSE investigator Dr Steve Forman said that is was likely that the men were overcome by carbon dioxide — created by the rotting food and drink

    Speaking at Leicester Crown Court, HSE investigator Dr Steve Forman said that is was likely that the men were overcome by carbon dioxide — created by the rotting food and drink

    Mr Harrison said the driver of the lorry which had towed the tanker, Richard Draycott, who is set to appear as a witness later in the trial, last saw Mr Walker sitting on top of the tanker ‘with his legs dangling inside’.

    Moments later Mr Walker disappeared from view with the power washer. Poco tempo dopo, the driver used a ladder to climb up to check on him.

    Mr Harrison said: ‘He saw Nathan Walker holding onto the rim of the hatch with both hands.

    ‘He was wearing a baseball cap so his face was obscured and was hanging inside the tanker by his arms.

    Mr Walker then fell down and was lying face down in the liquid at the bottom of the tanker, la corte ha sentito.

    Mr Harrison said: ‘Mr Draycott climbed down from the tanker and raised the alarm. Mr Rawson ran towards the tanker to try and rescue Nathan Walker.

    Mr Draycott, nel frattempo, went to find equipment to help haul Mr Walker out of the tanker.

    Mr Harrison added: ‘By the time he returned, Gavin Rawson was already inside the tanker. Both men were lying unconscious at the bottom.

    Mr Draycott ran to the office and the emergency services were called at about 4:10pm. Paramedics said there was nothing they could do to save either man when they arrived at the scene.

    Mr Harrison continued: ‘It is the Crown’s case that the deaths of Mr Walker and Mr Rawson were entirely avoidable.

    ‘The task required of them and other co-workers was fundamentally dangerous.. Their deaths were down to the company’s and defendantsreckless disregard for the safety and lives of its employees. It amounts to gross negligence on their part.

    Home Office forensic pathologist, Dr Stuart Hamilton, gave the cause of both deaths as drowning, adding that the evidence pointed to the men having lost consciousness shortly beforehand. Both men had inhaled the liquified animal feed.

    HSE investigator Dr Steve Forman also took the stand. Dare prove, he said that is was likely that the men were overcome by carbon dioxide in the confined space of the tanker — created by the rotting food and drink.

    Dr Forman said that the volume of CO2 in the atmosphere inside would have had to have been approaching 20 per cent for them to have lost consciousness.

    Outlining the Crown’s case against the defendants, Mr Harrison alleged that Mrs Leivers, despite her job description, was responsible for the day-to-day running of the site.

    Mr Leivers was not present on the day of the tragedy but is charged as someone accountable for formulating the policies and practices of the company.

    Mrs Leivers, Mr Leivers and Mr Brown deny the charges. Il processo continua.