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Hanson fined £280k after worker death

Brick manufacturing firm Hanson Building Products Limited have been ordered to pay over £300,000 in fines and costs after a worker had his head crushed while operating a conveyor at their distribution plant in Coleshill.

Peter Clarke, 57, was working next to a conveyor that transferred groups of concrete blocks from a kiln to a packaging area. His job was to remove samples of blocks for quality checking.

He was leaning forward to remove some samples from the machine when a colleague switched the direction of the conveyor, crushing Mr Clarke’s head between the concrete blocks and a metal platform.

The operator of the 30-metre conveyor was unable to see Mr Clarke as his view was obscured.

At Warwick Crown Court, Hanson Building Products limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £280,000 and ordered to pay costs of £29,204.

Mr Clarke’s widow Barbara, said: “Pete’s death has devastated our family and for him to have lost his life due to a work-related incident is beyond belief. He was a much-loved husband, father and grandpa and our lives will never be the same without him.”