Mansfield textile recycler fined £650k after death of 76-year-old employee

Savanna Rags International Ltd, a textile recycling company based in Mansfield, has been fined £650,000 after a 76-year-old employee was killed by a reversing delivery vehicle last year.

The woman was walking in the rear yard of the company’s site on 26 April 2016 when she was struck by a vehicle reversing from the yard’s weighbridge to deliver goods. The woman sustained fatal injuries from the impact, Mansfield Magistrates’ Court heard this week.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had failed to make ‘suitable and sufficient assessment’ of the risks arising from vehicle movement at the site.