Cargill is to be prosecuted in a case where a U.K. lorry driver died after being buried under a mound of animal feed.
Malcolm Harrison was working at the Cargill terminal at Liverpool’s Seaforth Dock on 6 September 6, 2012, when a mound of soya meal collapsed on him. According to the Liverpool Echo, Harrison was trying to open the back of his wagon at the terminal when the accident took place. He had suffocated and later died of his injuries at a hospital.
Following an investigation into his death, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has brought criminal proceedings against Cargill. The company has been scheduled to appear at South Sefton Magistrates’ Court on January 29 for an initial hearing.
Cargill has been charged with breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which relates to failing to ensure the safety of non-employees at the workplace.
Harrison worked for Reid Atkinson, a hauling firm based in Kelbrook, Lancashire. He had been employed by the company for the past 24 years.
Paul Schofield, the managing director for Reid Atkinson, said: “Malcolm was a lovely man, liked by everyone and a loyal servant to the company.”
Animal feed firm charged over death