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Precast Concrete Firm Fined $894K After Death in Conveyor

May 9, 2018

A British court ordered precast concrete products manufacturer CPM Group Limited to pay penalties for its role in a 2016 machinery-related fatality at its facility, the U.K.’s occupational safety regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), said in a press release Wednesday.

The victim, identified as 43-year-old maintenance fitter Jeffery Baulf, died on Oct. 3, 2016 while performing maintenance duties on a conveyor system. Baulf suffered fatal injuries after becoming trapped in the conveyor when the equipment began moving.

HSE investigators found the firm did not put procedures in place to isolate equipment during maintenance. The regulator also found that a supervisor failed to check required control measures before the work started. CPM Group was found to have neglected to prevent access to dangerous moving parts of the equipment.

“This tragic incident, which led to the avoidable death of a man, was easily prevented and the risk should have been identified,” HSE inspector Leo Diez said in a statement. “Employers should make sure they apply effective control measures to minimize the risk from dangerous parts of the machinery. Maintenance work should only be carried when the piece of plant equipment is isolated and confirmed safe.”

CPM Group was discovered to have deficient training on safe maintenance work as investigators found that workers generally did not understand or use existing policies.

The company was fined £660,000, or about $894,000, by the Bath Magistrates’ Court.