Company fined over Doncaster worker's death

A firm has been fined £120,000 after admitting safety failings which led to a man's death at its coal processing plant in North East Lincolnshire.

Alan Noodle, from Doncaster, suffered fatal injuries when he was run over by a loading shovel at Hargreaves Astra Site in Immingham Docks in 2007.

He was working as a maintenance fitter when the incident happened.

Hargreaves UK Services Ltd, of Durham, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

'Tragic case'

The firm was also ordered to pay £35,000 during the hearing at Grimsby Crown Court.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said Mr Noodle died when he was struck by the large shovel being used to transfer coal from one area of the plant to another.

The driver of the vehicle could not see Mr Noodle as he walked across the stockyard because the large bucket on the loading shovel blocked his view.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Geoffrey Clark said: "This is a tragic case where a man died as a result of the dangerous practices at the site.

"The loading shovel severely obscured the driver's view, yet despite this it was common practice for employees to be allowed to walk in the area where these machines were being operated."

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