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Suspended sentence follows agency worker death

23 May 2016

Peterborough Crown Court has handed a suspended sentence and fine to a plastics manufacturer from Cambridge after a worker died from being crushed by printing machinery, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The deceased was a 23-year-old agency worker from Lithuania, who was working in a print room for Gordon Leach, trading as RGE Engineering Company.

After entering the printing machine to apply thinners to the ink on 27 April 2012, the woman's head was trapped when the machine started.

The court was told her head was crushed between the printing pads and the printing table of the machine, causing her fatal injuries.

During the HSE investigation that followed the worker's death, it was discovered that there was no effective system of guarding to the machine, which meant that the incident could have been prevented.

After pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Gordon Leach was given a 15 month sentence, suspended for 24 months, and was fined £7,500 with costs of £45,000.

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