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Biffa fined 280,000 over Newbury digger crush death

A company which runs a recycling centre in Berkshire has been fined £280,000 after a man was crushed to death there while dumping garden waste.

Dennis Krauesslar was hit by the shovel of a mechanical digger at the household waste centre at Pinchington Lane in Newbury in September 2007.

The 58-year-old was then crushed against a wall.

Biffa Waste Services, which admitted liability for his death, was fined at Reading Crown Court.

Preventative measures

The company was also ordered to pay court costs of £54,906.57.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had said Biffa failed in its duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

A narrative verdict was returned by an inquest jury into Mr Krauesslar's death.

Mike Wilcock, the HSE's head of operations for the South East, said: "This tragic incident could have been avoided if sensible precautions and working practices had been in place to prevent the loading shovel working in such close proximity to members of the public.

"Companies operating such sites must carefully assess their arrangements to ensure that they keep vehicles and pedestrians separate whenever possible."



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