Gaskell’s (North West) Limited and company Director Jonathan Gaskell were both prosecuted for their part in the death of Polish worker Zbigniew Galka, 39, in 2010. They were also prosecuted for continuing to operate the same baling machine in a dangerous manner for up to 5 years after Mr Galka’s death.
The machine being used was a baling machine which compressed recyclable and waste materials into small bales, it featured a defeated interlock system which enables a worker to enter the machine while it was still in operation.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how Mr Galka was killed while working at Gaskells Waste Services in Foster Street, Boatle on 23rd December 2010, Mr Galka entered the baling machine to clear a blockage of waste materials which had brought the machine to a standstill. The machine started up whilst Mr Galka was inside, he suffered haemorrhaging, shock and severe traumatic injuries to his legs which caused his death.
Gaskells (North West) Limited, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company has been fined £700,000 and ordered to pay costs of £99,886.57.
Jonathan Gaskell of Tarporley, Cheshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He was jailed for 8 months.
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