A FACTORY has been fined half a million pounds after a worker was crushed to death by a falling stack of boxes filled with frozen fish.
Interfish Limited was told to pay £500,000 after Tomas Suchy, 22, died from multiple injuries in the October 2013 incident.
He was helping to clear up a fallen stack of frozen fish boxes when another collapsing pile of stock landed on him.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found there was no safe system of work or instruction to staff on how pallets should be stored.
There was also no written procedure for dealing with fallen stock.
HSE inspector Emma O’Hara said: “Safe stacking of stock is a cross-industry necessity and can often be overlooked when considering safe systems of work.
“Duty holders need to ensure that they are stacking safely and that they have a plan for dealing with any unforeseen circumstances such as a fall of stock.”
The Plymouth-based company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Plymouth Crown Court.
It was ordered to pay costs of £24,800.