Worker crushed to death when new colleague accidentally turned on recycling compactor

Dale McClelland was crushed to death inside the recycling machine (Image: BPM MEDIA)

Our free email newsletter sends you the biggest headlines from news, sport and showbiz

Sign upWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeInvalid Email

A worker died inside a recycling compactor when it was accidentally turned on by a new colleague.

Dale McCelland was killed at the H&A Recycling plant in Redruth, Cornwall in November 2017, a court heard.

The 23-year-old had got inside the machine after it got blocked and a colleague – who was new to the job – then inadvertently switched it on.

The plant's safety standards were branded by judge Mr Justice Garnham as "positively Victorian".

The firm admitted corporate manslaughter and was fined £200,000.

Mr Justice Garnham said the plant's safety standards were 'positively Victorian'
(Image: BPM MEDIA)

Read More
Related Articles

  • Heartbreak for firefighter who raced to blaze at his own home to find wife dead inside

Read More
Related Articles

  • Princess Diana would have 'banged Harry and William's heads together' to stop feud

Neither worker involved had received adequate training, the court was told.

Plymouth Crown Court heard the victim would have died almost instantly.

The judge commented: "That's the only blessing in this case."

The court heard the machine did not have adequate safety controls and staff used to unblock it when it became jammed by kicking it.

Health and Safety Inspector Simon Jones said it was one of the most dangerous places he had inspected in 18 years.

Mr Garnham said: "This strikes me as utterly astonishing. It's positively Victorian."

Footage from H&A Recycling plant in Redruth was shown in court
(Image: BPM MEDIA)

Read More
Related Articles

  • Man's shock as 'missing child in pyjamas' walks past home at night as police search pond

The court was shown mobile phone footage of staff at the plant lying on conveyor belts with rubbish.

They were also spotted skidding forklift trucks and riding motorbikes between heavy moving vehicles, with no supervision.

The victim had a one-year-old daughter and was due to marry his partner Cody in 2019.

Prosecutor Simon Laws read a statement from Cody.

"On Dale's death I would say that I died inside too," she said.