Criminal charges after worker killed

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A South Yorkshire recycling firm has been charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of a worker in an explosion.

Michael Whinfrey, aged 42, was killed while working at Sterecycle, Templeborough, Rotherham, after the door to an autoclave blew out under pressure.

The autoclave uses heat and pressure to process household waste into material for recycling.

Peter Davies, aged 51, was seriously injured in the incident on January 11, 2011.

Jane Wragg, prosecutor in 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 Mr Whinfrey.

“I have concluded that Sterecycle (Rotherham) Limited should be charged with an offence of corporate manslaughter.

Maintenance manager Kevin Goss, operations manager Steven Weaver and operations director Paul Greenwell have also been charged with offences under health and safety legislation.

Goss is also charged with perverting the course of justice.