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    DEATH FAILED TO TRIGGER PREVENTIVE ACTION

    Prison term for director whilst his company ordered to pay £3/4m

    A waste and recycling company has been fined £700,000 and the director jailed after the death of 39-year-old Polish national, Zbigniew Galka, in 2010. The machine involved in the death continued to operate in a dangerous manner for up to five years after the death of Mr Galka.

    Liverpool Crown Court heard how the company was operating a baling machine with a safety interlock system defeated thereby enabling entry into a danger area whilst the machine was in operation.

    Mr Galka entered the baling chamber of the machine to clear a blockage of waste materials. The machine automatically activated and he was injured by dangerous parts causing haemorrhaging, shock and severe traumatic injury to both legs. He died whilst being taken hospital.

    A joint HSE and Merseyside Police investigation found that the safety interlock had been defeated two months earlier. Poor maintenance of the machine required frequent operator intervention.

    Failure to act was serious ‘aggravating factor’

    HSE inspectors visited in July 2015 having been informed that the same machine was being used with further critical safety systems on the baler being defeated.

    It was found that the machine could be operated with guarding open putting the operator at serious risk of injury. This was noted as a serious aggravating factor by the Judge upon sentencing.

    • Gaskell’s (North West) Limited – of Foster Street, Liverpool pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company has been fined £700,000 and ordered to pay costs of £99,886.57.
    • Jonathan Gaskell – of Peckforton Hall Lane, Tarporley, Cheshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He was sentenced to eight months in prison.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Phil Redman said:

    “We would like to publicly thank Zbigniew’s family for their patience throughout this complex investigation.

    This incident was completely avoidable and it is inconceivable that Gaskells continued to operate the same dangerous machine in the way it did for as long as five years after this incident.

    Companies should be aware that HSE will not accept the defeating of safety systems in order to maintain production and will not hesitate to take action against those that fall below the required standards.”

     

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