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Thorntons fined over crush fall

Chocolate retailer Thorntons has been fined 12,000 after an employee had his hand crushed by a machine.

Derby Magistrates' Court heard Ashley Taylor, 23, was carrying out work at its factory in Somercotes in 2007 when he slipped and got trapped in rollers.

Mr Taylor had to be freed by the fire service and has not returned to work.

The company was also ordered to pay costs of 4,548 after it pleaded guilty to breaching Health and Safety regulations.

It admitted failing to provide a safe system of work.

The court heard that Mr Taylor had been standing on a conveyor belt to attend to a machine when he slipped on a wet mat.

As he fell, his hand went into the rotating rollers. Although a trip bar was fitted over the rollers, it was not in the right position.

Mr Taylor broke two bones and suffered severe tissue damage.

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