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Meat firm in blender death fined

A company has been fined £160,000 after a cleaner was fatally injured while cleaning a blending machine at a meat processing plant in Milton Keynes.

Lynda Trebilcock, 53, of Heelands, Buckinghamshire, was killed at the Delico plant in Tattenhoe, in May 2007.

The firm, based in Hull, had pleaded guilty to breaching Health and Safety regulations at a hearing in July.

At the sentencing at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday, the firm was also ordered to pay costs of £40,452.

Head injuries

Mrs Trebilcock was cleaning one of the blending machines on 19 May 2007 when a powered door closed unexpectedly.

She suffered severe head injuries and died at the scene.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Karl Howes said: "Employers must ensure that they implement safe systems of work for staff using machinery.

"All areas of risk need to be assessed, including cleaning and maintenance tasks, to make sure that tragic incidents like this do not happen."

The firm was fined for breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which states employers must ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees while at work.

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