Company apologises 
after worker’s death

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Directors of a firm where a worker died after a load from a forklift truck fell on her have expressed their deep regret over the death.

Desanka Todorovic, 44, died at Kettering General Hospital from multiple injuries following the accident at Merley Paper Converters in Pilot Road, Corby.

The company has admitted breaching section two of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The case was referred to Northampton Crown Court for sentencing by Corby magistrates as the maximum fine they can impose is £20,000.

Rubina Zaidi, prosecuting on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive, told magistrates that the accident happened in March 2009 when the forklift truck hit racking containing boxes of till rolls.

She said: “Mrs Todorovic was partially buried by boxes and died as a result of her injuries.”

Toby Riley-Smith, representing the company, said the firm’s directors had expressed profound regret over Mrs Todorovic’s death.

He said: “The company has made clear its deep regret.

“The firm’s directors are aware of the devastating effect Mrs Todorovic’s death has had on her family and all who knew her.”

He said that each year a minute’s silence is observed at the firm on the anniversary of her death.

Mrs Todorovic, who was originally from Croatia and lived in Croyde Avenue, Corby, worked with her husband Jovan at the company.

He has since left the firm.

Mr Riley-Smith said that since the accident the company had supported him both financially and emotionally.

He said Merley Paper Converters manufactured till rolls and had been trading for 30 years. It employs 25 people and counted Marks & Spencers and Harrods among its customers.

The company had one previous conviction for a health and safety offence, magistrates were told.

Mr Riley-Smith said: “It has a responsible attitude to health and safety and carries out regular reviews and audits. It has taken steps to remedy the problems since the accident.”

The case was adjourned until February 5.