Labourer, 24, 'crushed to death by earthmover while working at recycling site'

A Romanian labourer was crushed to death by an earthmover while working at a waste recycling site, a court heard. Stelian Florian Gavriliuc was working at the Neasden Goods Yard in northwest London, when he was struck by a Liebherr L544 shovel vehicle on August 25, 2017. The 24-year-old died from his injuries in hospital five days later.

Paul Evers, the boss of Ace Waste Haulage Ltd, is said to have displayed a ‘flagrant disregard’ towards health and safety regulations, the Old Bailey heard. He denies a charge of breaching health and safety duties. Christine Agnew QC, prosecuting, told jurors: “Stelian Florian Gavriliuc, aged 24, was crushed by one or more of the wheels of a Liebherr L544 shovel vehicle operated by a man employed by Mr Evers.

Paul Evers is charged with one count of breaching health and safety duties after the death Stelian Florian Gavriliuc

“There was an investigation and that investigation was led by the Metropolitan Police Service and the Health Service Executive.

“They investigated the fatal accident and this case, and this prosecution arises out of that investigation. “Both the company and Paul Evers were responsible in their own ways for the death of Mr Gavriliuc. “It was a corporate body which owed a duty of care to the employee and they caused his death by a gross breach of that duty in the way in which its activities were maintained and organised.”

Labourer, 24, 'crushed to death by earthmover while working at recycling site'Evers, of Little Hatchet, Hatchett Lane, Southampton, denies one count of breaching health and safety duties

Ms Agnew alleged that as a director of the company Evers, 56, was responsible for ensuring adequate health and safety policies and procedures in place.

“The site was being run in a way which did not even comply with the inadequate health and safety documents, policies and procedures which were in existence,” she said. “Mr Evers failed to take any steps to prevent or discourage what was at times the flagrant disregard of health and safety of workers employed at the site.

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“Mr Gavriliuc was working on the picking line.” Evers, of Little Hatchet, Hatchett Lane, Southampton, denies one count of breaching health and safety duties.

Ace Waste Haulage denies corporate manslaughter and two counts of failing to discharge health and safety duties.

The trial continues.

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