Conwy man killed after getting caught in machinery

A man has died at a North Wales recycling plant after getting trapped in machinery, police have said.

Alarms were raised at Recycle Cymru, a commercial waste disposal company in the North Wales county of Conwy, at around 7.30pm on Thursday evening (30 November). Rapid response units and police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the site on the Tir Llwyd Industrial Estate in Kinmel Bay, but the man, who was in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Despite being a relatively small sector in terms of employment, the annual average fatal injury rate over the past five years is ‘around 15 times as high’ as the all-industry rate. This makes it the second most dangerous industry, ahead of construction, whose rate is four times as high as the all industry rate, but less than the agricultural industry, whose rate is around 18 times as high. HSE statistics released in November, meanwhile, show that an average of 5,000 workers in the UK waste industry sustain injuries a year, with 6,000 suffering from work-related illnesses.

In September, in an attempt to improve the sector’s health and safety record, the HSE published a plan for increasing health and safety in the waste and recycling industry, identifying reducing fatal injuries from moving vehicles and incidence of musculoskeletal disorders and lung disease among employees as priorities.