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Work accident news – Worker suffered fatal crush injuries at food factory

28th March 2012

The 55-year-old father of three had been working in a Bradford factory run by a well-known food manufacturer when the fatal personal injury accident occurred.

One of the man’s co-workers had started up a machine known as a de-palletiser – a conveyor belt and sorting mechanism to unload products from pallets – when the machine’s alarm sounded.

The co-worker went to check if there was a blockage but could not see any problems, so, he restarted the machine. The alarm sounded a second time and upon further inspection the casualty was found inside. He had sustained severe crush injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is thought that the man may have gone inside the machine to unblock an obstruction.

The firm was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it found that it had not made workers aware of the machine’s safety key, which may have prevented the incident from taking place.

It was fined £180,000 for breaching health and safety at work legislation and ordered to pay £41,826 in court costs.

Now that the company has been found liabile, the family of the accident at work victim may choose to make a compensation claim for their loss.

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