… the accounts manager, Gillian Leivers, was jailed for 13 years after being found guilty of two counts of gross negligence manslaughter and a health and safety offence. Her husband, Ian Leivers, the managing director, was sentenced to 20 months in prison after he was convicted of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act…

 

 

Managers jailed after food waste workers drowned in pig feed

Leicester court found gross negligence at Greenfeeds Ltd led to deaths of Nathan Walker and Gavin Rawson in 2016

 

Jessica Murray, The Guardian (UK)

16 Jun 2022

 

The managers of a food waste plant have been imprisoned and the company fined £2m after two staff members drowned in a tanker of pig feed.

 

Nathan Walker, 19, died after falling into the tanker while cleaning it at Greenfeeds Ltd in Normanton, Leicestershire, a few days before Christmas in 2016.

 

Gavin Rawson, 35, died trying to save Walker.

 

At a sentencing hearing at Leicester crown court on Thursday, the accounts manager, Gillian Leivers, was jailed for 13 years after being found guilty of two counts of gross negligence manslaughter and a health and safety offence.

 

Her husband, Ian Leivers, the managing director, was sentenced to 20 months in prison after he was convicted of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

 

The company, which is now in liquidation, was found guilty of two counts of corporate manslaughter and fined £2m.

 

Judge Peter Fraser said the company “had absolutely no regard for the safety of its employees” and there was a “dangerous culture” onsite.

 

“Your blatant disregard for the very high risk of death was of an extreme nature,” he said of Gillian Leivers. “I am also of the view that your behaviour was motivated by avoiding the cost of implementing proper safety measures.”

 

On 22 December 2016, Walker was cleaning a tanker containing about six tonnes of semi-liquid pig feed when he was overcome by carbon dioxide fumes and collapsed.

 

Rawson attempted to rescue him but was also overcome, and both men subsequently drowned.

 

They were pulled from the tanker after a saw was used to cut holes in its side, and emergency services tried to resuscitate them...

 

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