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Director fined after work death

A company director has been fined more than 7,000 at Nottingham Crown Court for health and safety breaches after an apprentice died at his workshop.

Christopher John Pridmore, of Scholars Way in Mansfield, also had to pay 2,500 costs after admitted breaching regulations nearly three years ago.

A stack of MDF boards fell on Simon Murphy, 17, in Sutton-in-Ashfield in November 2006.

He later died in King's Mill Hospital from serious head injuries.

'Greatly missed'

Simon Murphy had been working at Chris Pridmore Joinery Ltd on the Maun Valley Trading Estate in Sutton-in-Ashfield when a newly fitted bracket failed to hold back the boards stacked on a work bench.

Health and safety inspector Maureen Kingman said: "This was a tragic loss of a young life which could have been easily avoided.

"Mr Pridmore neglected to provide safe arrangements for the storage of sheets of MDF boards"

In a statement released via the HSE, the dead teenager's family said: "Simon is thought of and greatly missed every day by all his family. Whilst the loss of Simon is not lessened we are all pleased that the court case has been concluded and that we can 'draw a line' and continue our lives."

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