A Southport skip hire and recycling company, Johnsons Scrap Metal limited, has been charged £10,000 and instructed to pay costs of £4,000, after an employee suffered “serious injuries” to his arm.

A 22-year-old worker had been working at Johnsons Scrap Metal at Crowland Street, loading a 44 tonne “third party” vehicle with waste wood when the incident occurred.

An investigation completed by the HSE found that the company “neglected to assess the risks” and take valuable measures to prevent employees from accessing third party vehicles.

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