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Fine of 35,000 for Lincolnshire plant in arm crushing

A food manufacturing company has been fined £35,000 after an employee's arm was crushed in machinery at a Lincolnshire plant.

Michael May, of Reepham, had his arm broken in several places when he leaned into a moving conveyor at Moy Park's Anwick site, near Sleaford, in April.

The firm admitted at Grantham Magistrates' Court failing to ensure employees' health and safety.

It also pleaded guilty to failing to prevent access to dangerous machinery.

'Broken bones'

The Health and Safety Executive, which brought the prosecution, said the incident was "easily avoidable".

Inspector Judith McNulty said: "Faulty machinery can be easily fixed, but broken bones and torn tendons are not so quickly repaired.

"This incident could have so easily been avoided if effective systems were in place to ensure the safety of engineers working on faults and machines were properly guarded."

The firm was ordered to pay £3,115 in costs on top of the fine.

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