The UK plastic products manufacturing firm, Nylacast Limited has been fined around £300,000 for violating safety rules and regulations which caused to the death of its Indian-origin male staff member Tarsem Singh (52).
Singh lost his life from a heart attack after sustaining injuries after a mishap in 2016 at the firm’s plant in Leicester.
Nylacast pleaded guilty in the Northampton magistrates court for two breaches of health and safety standards. The firm which produces plastic for the construction and offshore businesses has been fined £293,000 and asked to pay a sum higher than £10,000 in costs.
District judge Tim Daber, in ruling said the incident “was an accident waiting to happen”. The deceased was an expert machine operator was hit by a force up to eight tonnes by a metal retaining end-cap.
The victim lost his life after a heart attack the following day in hospital as a result of his injuries caused by the blunt force impact which cracked his chest bone and jaw, knocking out some his teeth, reported ‘Leicester Mercury’.
The company failed to conduct necessary and sufficient assessment of the long length rod machine in order to ensure that all foreseeable hazards had been noted, revealed an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the accident.
Nylacast reiterated in its statement its “sincerest condolences” to the family of the deceased. It further said, “Nylacast has co-operated with the HSE throughout the investigation and has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to help minimise the impact of the court proceedings with the family members.”
“Those in control of work equipment have a responsibility to undertake a suitably robust assessment in order to ensure that all foreseeable hazards have been identified,” HSE official said.
The deceased is survived by his family including wife, Kulwender Kaur (51), son Kuldip (21), and daughter Ishapreet Bhele (16) in the UK.