The family of an engineer who was crushed by a metal press at a BAE Systems site has been awarded compensation. Gary Whiting, aged 51 at the time of the accident, was carrying out a routine service on the machine, when a colleague turned the machine onto a full test cycle, trapping Mr. Whiting inside. He sustained serious crush injuries and later died at hospital.
Many safety failings were raised after an investigation, including an absence of measures to stop people entering the machinery whilst testing was taking place, and facilities to stop the machine if someone did enter whilst the testing was occurring. They also found an inadequate risk assessment for the machinery. Mr. Whiting’s family received £350,000 compensation from BAE Systems, and many safety features have been added to the site to prevent such tragic accidents happening in the future.
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Published: 26th November 2013