Horror as man’s remains never found after he falls into shredder | UK | News

December 16, 2023
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A man fell into a machine designed for shredding wood and commercial waste at Timmins Waste Services (TWS) in Wolverhampton.

Tragically, 29-year-old David Willis’ remains were never found.

Now a man has been sent to prison after the incident on September 15, 2018.

The company responsible Timmins Waste Services (TWS) was fined £400,000. Manager, Brian Timmins, 54, had been operating the machine which should have been switched off while work was being carried out.

The company and manager were found guilty of corporate manslaughter and manslaughter respectively last week after a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Judge Mr Justice Jacobs said: “This was an accident waiting to happen.”

He added: “The family’s lives have been forever blighted by what would often be called an industrial accident. But the word accident sometimes conveys the idea that what happened was bad luck.

“In the present case, however, the accident and Dave’s death was the result of the wholesale neglect of a proper approach to health and safety at Timmins Waste, and a complete disregard both by Brian Timmins and the company of their duty to exercise reasonable care to keep employees such as David Willis safe at work.”

On the day of Mr Willis’s death, Timmins of Shropshire, had been operating the shredder when it stopped “abruptly”.

After investigating the machine, he used a digger to lift Mr Willis on top and inside to investigate, but CCTV evidence showed the machine was still operational when it should have been turned off.

Later Timmins continued to operate the shredder and the next day other employees helped dispose of 80 tonnes of recycled waste by taking it to a landfill site in Cannock, Staffordshire, which would have included the remains of Mr Willis.

Mr Willis’ body has still never been found, nearly 5 years later.

The only thing found belonging to Mr Willis was his coat near the shredder, which linked with CCTV from the site, showed that he had been killed.

Timmins only reported the incident to police on Monday, September 17.

Police only became aware of an issue when Mr Willis’ mother Caroline, reported him missing after he failed to come home from work.

The judge ruled Brian Timmins had shown “blatant disregard for a very high risk of death” and if he had checked correctly, “David Willis would still be alive.”



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