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Firm gets £285k fine for ‘wholly avoidable’ death

As a result, a worker was fatally crushed.

Worcester Crown Court heard how a Thomas Panels & Profiles Limited employee, Mr Jeffery Warner, 65, was fatally crushed when a steel beam emerging from a machine pushed another beam and crushed him against a closed door.

The investigation into the incident, found the machine had been in operation since 2013 and it did not have suitable safeguards to prevent the risk of crushing injuries. It also found that the company failed to undertake an adequate risk assessment and its system of work was generally unsafe.

Thomas Panels & Profiles Limited of Southern Avenue, Leominster pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £285,000 with costs of £29,961.48.

Added: 19-09-2017
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