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Recycling Company Set To Be Charged With Corporate Manslaughter

Thursday October 3 2013




A RECYCLING company is to be charged with corporate manslaughter over an explosion which killed an employee and injured a Barnsley man.

Michael Whinfrey was fatally injured in the blast at Sterecycle on Sheffield Road, Rotherham, on January 11, 2011. His friend and co-worker Peter Davis, from Barnsley, was seriously injured in the blast but survived.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the company would be charged at a Rotherham Magistrates' Court hearing on October 14.

Three men will also be charged with health and safety breaches.

Father-of-three Michael, 42, from Wickersley, was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary after the explosion but died later that day.

Jane Wragg, from the special crime and counter-terrorism division of the CPS, said: "I have carefully reviewed the evidence gathered by South Yorkshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive during their investigation into the tragic death of Michael Whinfrey.

"I have concluded that Sterecycle Limited should be charged with an offence of corporate manslaughter."

The plant, which used to treat up to 130,000 tonnes of waste a year, closed last year and is currently in creditors' voluntary liquidation, having experienced a decrease in trading after the tragic explosion.

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