London--Two UK-based waste management companies have been fined a total of Â£140,000 at the England's highest criminal court. The fine followed a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation into an incident where Mr Thomas Akwasi Aseidu-Ampofoh was crushed to death under a telescopic reach truck..
The incident took place at Environmental Tyre Disposals Ltd's (ETD) tyre recycling site at Stonehill Business Park, Edmonton, London on 1 July 2001, where MIDCO Waste Management Ltd (MIDCO) also operate a tyre shredding business. Mr Aseidu who was employed by ETD was instructed to support MIDCO staff in shredding tyres. It was during this operation, whilst Mr Aseidu was driving a telescopic reach truck using it to push tyres towards the shredder (to be placed in the shredder by a crane operated by a MIDCO employee) that it toppled over crushing him between the side of the truck and the ground.
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HSE press release