A Lincolnshire-based WEEE recycling firm was fined £100,000 yesterday (February 2) for safety failings, after a worker was struck by a washing machine which fell from a grabber.
Desond Adlington, 48, of Grantham, suffered three fractured vertebrae and a broken rib following the incident at Environcom England Ltd’s Grantham site in April 2013.
Lincoln Crown Court was told that Mr Adlington had been walking back from the canteen and was using the goods-in door, walking down one side of a trailer, when the incident occurred.
A 360-degree rotating grabber machine was operating nearby, lifting white goods earmarked for scrap onto the back of the trailer.
Mr Adlington thought the driver of the grabber had seen him, but the driver continued the loading operations.
A washing machine, weighing 65-80kgs, became detached from the grabber and was thrown over the top of the bulk trailer, striking Mr Adlington several metres away.
Mr Adlington underwent an operation to repair the spinal damage and was required to wear a back brace for more than a year. He is still on pain relief medication and will require further medical interventions for the rest of his life.
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