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A lorry driver was overcome by hydrogen sulphide in his trailer whilst unloading pig carcasses. The Hydrogen Sulphide was produced by the rotting carcasses. Two other workers were also affected by the gas after entering the trailer to rescue the driver. The driver suffered cuts and bruises and one of his colleagues spent a 5 days in hospital

Their employers, from Stoke-on-Trent, were recently fined £250,000 for the incident which was preventable and could have easily been fatal. No risk assessment had been undertaken and they had not identified the inside of trailers as being a confined spaces. The company had previously been prosecuted in 2015 for two fatalities in confined spaces.

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