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A waste company and a yard manager have been found guilty of manslaughter after a labourer was crushed to death 'in seconds' inside an industrial shredder.

The remains of David Willis, 29, were never found after he fell inside a machine designed for shredding wood and commercial waste at Timmins Waste Services (TWS) in Mander Street, Wolverhampton, on September 15, 2018.

TWS and yard manager Brian Timmins, 54, who was operating the diesel-powered machine at the time, have been on trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court accused of 'systemic failures' which led to Mr Willis's death.

A jury of eight men and four women found the waste company guilty of corporate manslaughter and Timmins, of Fair Lawn, Albrighton, guilty of manslaughter after deliberating for more than 10 hours. 

The trial had been told that Timmins was operating the shredder when it stopped 'abruptly'. After investigating the machine, he used a digger to lift Mr Willis on top and inside to see what the problem was, jurors were told.

The remains of David Willis (pictured) , 29, were never found after he fell inside a machine designed for shredding wood and commercial waste at Timmins Waste Services (TWS) in Mander Street, Wolverhampton, on September 15, 2018

The remains of David Willis (pictured) , 29, were never found after he fell inside a machine designed for shredding wood and commercial waste at Timmins Waste Services (TWS) in Mander Street, Wolverhampton, on September 15, 2018

Prosecutor Christine Agnew KC said CCTV evidence showed the machine was still operational at the time but should have been turned off.

When Mr Willis disappeared inside the machine, Timmins was seen on CCTV looking around the yard and inside the shredder's 'hopper', which guides the waste towards the machine's blades, before calling Mr Willis's phone.

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