Recycling firm fined after worker fractures skull

A recycling firm has been fined after a worker plunged six metres breaking his skull and suffering several other serious injuries.

The 40-year-old was working on a crane cleaning built up dirt when he fell, suffering multiple fractures to his skull, a broken collarbone and several broken ribs.

He had to stay in hospital for several weeks after the accident, in July last year, due to doctors' fears over swelling on his brain and has not been able to work since.

The accident happened at MES Environmental, of Crown Street, Wolverhampton, a plant processing municipal waste for the local authority.

The firm employs 26 workers at its three and a half acre site, which processes 105,000 tonnes of waste a year.

MES Environmental was fined a total of £8,000 and ordered to pay £3,532.55 costs by Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (5 May) after the company pleaded guilty to breaking health and safety rules.

The Health Safety Executive bought a prosecution against the firm following the accident.

Luke Walsh


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