Three charged following death of a worker

Three bosses at a West Midlands recycling company have been charged with gross negligence manslaughter following the death of a worker nearly three years ago.

Father-of-one Stuart Towns, 34, suffered serious head injuries while working at Alutrade Limited, on Tat Bank Road, Oldbury, and died at the scene.


image of Mr Towns

Image of Mr Towns


Following an investigation supported by the Health & Safety Executive, detectives have now charged Alutrade Limited with corporate manslaughter over the death, which happened on 24 July, 2017.

In addition, director Malcolm George, 53, Bromsgrove, director Kevin Pugh, 44, from Sutton Coldfield, and manager Mark Redfern, 59, of Rowley Regis, and have all been charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

They will appear at Walsall Magistrates Court for an initial hearing on 23 September.

The family of Mr Towns, who lived in Oldbury, said today: “It has been almost three years since we sadly lost Stuart and there is not a day that passes that we don’t think of him.

“The past three years have been very painful and it breaks our hearts he is no longer with us.

“Following the news of the charges that have been made, we remain hopeful that our questions will be answered so we can begin to make sense of this tragedy.

“Stuart was loving, caring, generous, full of life and always had a smile on his face.  He was always willing to help anyone that needed it and would never expect anything in return.  His huge presence is greatly missed by us all.

“Those that knew Stuart will have fond memories to look back on.  Stuart was always there for his family and friends.

“Stuart was a father of one, he was a loving son and brother, a good friend with a kind heart.  He will be forever loved and always missed.”

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