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Fatal accident caused by the collapse of racking

22nd February 2013

A 44-year-old employee had been waiting at the firm’s warehouse to collect some flat-pack boxes when racking next to her collapsed.

Heavy boxes, which contained paper rolls used in tills and other similar machines, fell on top of her, causing severe multiple injuries. She sadly died shortly after the accident.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector involved in the case stated that the incident had had a huge impact on the woman’s family, especially her husband who was employed by the same company and was working in the warehouse nearby at the time.

An HSE investigation found that the racking had been incorrectly erected, and had not been maintained.

The paper manufacturer was fined £70,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £30,974 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The woman’s family may have claimed compensation for the fatal accident at work with help from a professional work accident solicitor.

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