A refrigeration company has been fi ned £110,000 and ordered to be £30,000 in costs after the death of a worker uncovered a ‘catalogue of errors’ on the part of the company. The employee died after a racking unit, weighing more than a quarter of a tonne, fell and pinned him below it. The unit had not been secured in place, and had been used to shelve components resulting in its increasing instability. As a result of the fall the worker hit his head on another piece of machinery and sustained fatal head injuries.
The HSE investigation noted that the company had no system in place for managing the racking, no warning notices, no process for inspection and no employee training on the use of it. The company was fi ned under section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after admitting an offence under this section at an earlier hearing.