Waste company's lax procedures led to fatal accident

Waste management business Caird Environmental has been fined £50,000 after an explosion in a drum crushing machine caused the death of an employee.

The fatality occurred at a waste transfer station at Caird's Minworth site in Warwickshire last July. Drums which were supposed to be empty were being crushed prior to landfilling. One 45-gallon drum, containing an unknown quantity of paint wastes, released flammable gas which ignited and engulfed an operator, burning him to death.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that the drum also contained a smaller drum of chr

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