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5:26pm 13th January 2012

Slapped with a huge fine: the company that owns a Cornish factory where a technician was crushed to death.

Shaun O'Dwyer worked at Curver UK Ltd in Redruth.

Bosses have been ordered to pay 160 thousand pounds after admitting health and safety breaches.

Truro Crown Court heard how Shaun was preparing a machine used to make plastic lids, but when the 54 year old reached through an unguarded gap where a conveyor had been taken out, the plates closed, crushing him to death.

Trevor Hay from the Health and Safety Executive released this statement:

“This tragic incident could have been avoided if the company had observed standard industry guidance from the British Plastics Federation and the British Standards Institution.

“Conveyors should be bolted into position, or fitted with an electrical cut-off switch which removes power to the machine when the conveyor is taken away.

“Effective guarding should prevent access to dangerous machinery by workers, or an automatic system should cut off the power supply if someone is working inside.

“Users of such machinery should ensure effective safeguards are in place to avoid further deaths or injuries to their workers”.

5:26pm 13th January 2012

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