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Butcher fined for mincer accident
Sam Ashworth
Sam Ashworth was stuck for two hours
A butcher's shop and its manager have been fined for an accident in which a 15-year-old boy lost part of his arm in a mincing machine.

Sam Ashworth was stuck for two hours in the machine at J and B Fitton butcher's shop in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

J and B Fitton were fined 18,000 by Oldham magistrates and ordered to pay 2,140 costs. Manager Darrel Lees was fined 2,500 and must pay 2,140 costs.

A guard on the mincing machine had been removed, an investigation found.

The firm and Mr Lees admitted breaching health and safety legislation at the shop in Higher Crompton.

J and B Fitton Ltd in Shaw, Oldham
Sam had a Saturday job at the butcher's shop

John Rice, acting assistant director of environmental services at Oldham Council, said the accident was "horrific and avoidable".

The teenager had a Saturday job at the shop on Rochdale Road when the accident happened in September 2006.

Surgeons from the Royal Oldham Hospital were called to J and B Fitton to help Sam.

They decided to amputate his right arm at the shop, before he was taken to hospital for further surgery.

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