Man dies trying to save colleague at Green Feeds food waste plant
Two men died at a food waste recycling plant in Leicestershire days before Christmas, after a teenage worker fell into a tanker of slurry and his colleague attempted to save him, an inquest has heard.
The bodies of Gavin Rawson, 35, and Nathan Walker, 19, were found trapped in the tanker at Green Feeds Limited in Normanton on 22 December.
Speaking to Rutland and North Leicestershire Coroner’s Court earlier this week, Det Sgt Anna Burton of Leicestershire Police said that Walker had been asked to clean out the tanker after a blockage had been reported.
According to Burton, Walker had fallen in and Rawson had tried to help but had also fallen in.
A hole was cut into the side of the tanker by firefighters, but the men were dead by the time that they were retrieved.
The inquest was adjourned by Coroner Carolyn Hull until 3 March while full results from the post-mortems of both men are delivered.
Green Feeds offers a commercial food waste recycling service at its site on Church Farm in Normanton, near Bottesford, turning dry and wet food products into animal feeds and blends. The company also reprocesses used cooking oils into fuels and biodiesel. Green Feeds’ tanker fleet is then used to transport reprocessed products to customers.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirmed that it is also conducting an investigation into what happened at the farm. A spokesman for the agency said: “We are investigating alongside the police. We started investigating on the scene the following day. The police will make sure there is no foul play before formally handing over the investigation to us.”