The director of a Birmingham recycling company has been given a 12-month suspended prison sentence after admitting he knew the risks of a dangerous and “dilapidated” trommel into which an employee was dragged and crushed to death.

Master Construction Products (Skips), which is in liquidation, was also fined £255,000 after pleading guilty to corporate manslaughter.

The incident happened on 22 January 2015 at the company’s site in Sparkhill, Birmingham. 29-year-old employee Safi Qais Khan was dragged into the trommel and sustained serious injuries to his head and upper chest.

An ambulance was called and a colleague tried in vain to revive Khan, who died at the site.

An inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that guards had been removed from the machinery, leaving a “realistic hazard” that a person could fall on to the drive chain and conveyor belts.

To read more about this tragic incident see the full article on the website of 'Material Recycling Weekly':

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