A Plymouth company has been fined £500,000 after an employee suffered fatal injuries when a stack of boxes of frozen fish fell on him.
An employee of Interfish Limited was helping to clear up a stack of frozen fish boxes that had previously fallen in one of the cold store areas when another stack of frozen fish boxes struck him. Tomas Suchy, 22, received multiple and severe injuries which proved to be fatal.
This incident happened on 18 October 2013, an investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there was no safe system of work or instruction to staff on how pallets should be stored. They also found that there were no written procedure for dealing with falls of stock when they occurred.
Interfish Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and were fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs.
Following the hearing HSE Inspector commented, “Safe stacking of stock is a cross-industry necessity and can often be overlooked when considering safe systems of work. Duty holders need to ensure that they are stacking safely and that they have a plan for dealing with any unforeseen circumstances such as a fall of stock”.