An employee of Interfish Limited was killed after boxes of frozen fish fell on him, resulting in a £500,000 fine for the company.
Helping to clear a stack of boxes from the cold store area, Tomas Suchy, 22, was hit by more falling boxes and suffered severe and fatal injuries.
After an investigation into the incident occurring in October 2013, the HSE found Interfish Limited were breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 as there was no safe system of work or instruction to staff regarding the storage of pallets.
“Duty holders need to ensure that they are stacking safely” stated HSE inspector Emma O’Hara, “[they must}] have a plan for any unforeseen circumstances such as fall of stock”.
The Plymouth-based company was fined £500,000 and was ordered to pay £24,800 in charges.
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