FDS Waste Services Ltd charged with corporate manslaughter

A WASTE collection company has been charged with corporate manslaughter over the death of one of its employees.

FDS Waste Services Ltd faces the accusation in relation to an incident at its site in Mannings Heath Road, Poole, on December 13, 2018.

The company was also charged with two counts of, as an employer, failing to discharge its general health, safety and welfare duty to an employee.

Director Philip Andrew Pidgley, 57 and of Ringwood Road, St Ives, appeared on behalf of the firm at Poole Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning.

Pidgley was separately charged with two counts of being an employer and failing to discharge his general health, safety and welfare duty to an employee.

He did not enter a plea to any of the charges at the brief hearing.

The corporate manslaughter charge alleges that FDS Waste Services caused the death of Yamal Ameggaron Mohamed by failing in the way in which the organisation’s activities were managed, or otherwise organised, to ensure that Mr Mohamed was segregated from vehicles whilst sorting recyclables, by failing to provide adequate training to protect Mr Mohamed, which amounted to a gross breach of a relevant duty of care owed by it to the deceased.

The failure to discharge a duty contrary to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 charges against the company and Pidgley allege a failure to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees between dates in 2016 and 2018, and in 2020.

District Judge Stephen Nicholls remanded Pidgley on unconditional bail and sent the case to Winchester Crown Court, with a plea and trial preparation hearing scheduled to take place on March 1.

Bournemouth Echo: The FDS Waste Services Ltd site in Mannings Heath Road, PooleThe FDS Waste Services Ltd site in Mannings Heath Road, Poole

Dorset Police was called to reports of an industrial incident at FDS Waste Services in Mannings Heath Road, Poole, at 11.30am on Thursday, December 13.

It was reported that a man in his 30s had sustained serious injuries.

The ambulance service also attended and the man, 39-year-old Yamal Ameggaron Mohamed, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A joint investigation into the incident was launched by Dorset Police and the Health & Safety Executive.

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