Tate and Lyle fined £270,000 for health and safety breach following worker’s death

The HSE website has reported that Tate and Lyle has been fined more than a quarter of a million pounds following the death of a contractor working on one of its ships.

Keith Webb, 53, died while unloading raw sugar from a ship at Tate and Lyle’s sugar refinery at Factory Road, Slivertown, Newham.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Tate and Lyle Industries Ltd, of Sugar Key, Lower Thames Street, London who pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 (1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, today at Southwark Crown Court.

The company was fined £270,000, with costs of £90,000 for failings that led to Mr Webb’s death in March 2004.

Mr Webb, who worked for Acclaim Logistics Ltd, was inside a bulldozer that fell from a crane as it was being lowered into the hold of a ship.

As the vehicle was being lowered, the lifting lug – connecting the lifting chain to the crane – snapped, dropping the bulldozer. The bulldozer hit the ship and then fell into the water and Mr Webb was tragically killed.

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