FIRMS PROSECUTED OVER STOCKPORT FACTORY DEATH

Two companies are to be prosecuted following the death of a worker at a Stockport factory.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is taking legal action against WFEL Ltd and Unisign after Brian Miller was found with fatal head injuries at the WFEL plant on Crossley Road in Heaton Chapel on 12 January 2008.

The 38-year-old from Denton had been working on a machine, used to manufacture bridges for the military, when he became trapped.

WFEL Ltd has been charged with breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to ensure the safety of people working at the site.

Netherlands-based firm Unisign, which designed and manufactured the machine, has been charged with breaching Section 6(1) of the same Act. The charge relates to failing to ensure the machine was safe.

Both companies are due to appear before Trafford Magistrates’ Court in Sale today Friday 3 August for the first hearing in the case.