A Wednesbury-based manufacturer has been fined £150,000 by the Health and Safety Executive after a 58-year-old worker from Bilston was crushed to death while working in one of its warehouses.
Ronald Meese, a production supervisor for Roberts-Gordon Europe Ltd, had been stacking metal tubes at a warehouse in Darlaston Road when one of the stacks he had made fell onto him.
The heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company was prosecuted for safety failings at Wolverhampton Crown Court today.
The HSE investigation found that there were no restraints or racking to support the stacks, and Mr Meese was not specifically trained on stacking the tubes. There was also no risk assessment completed.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Two children have been airlifted to hospital, one in a critical condition, after they were in collision with a van in the Black Country.
The crash happened on High Bullen, Wednesbury, at around 5:15pm.
Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and two air ambulances were sent to the scene.
When crews arrived they found two boys approximately 10 years old who had been in collision with a van.
One had suffered a severe head injury. He was anaesthetised at the scene by the trauma doctor from the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford before being airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in a critical condition.
The second child had suffered multiple abrasions and the driver of the van was uninjured.