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Last Updated: Friday, 8 April, 2005, 16:59 GMT 17:59 UK
Fine after fitter dies in crusher
Briggs Scrapyard, Newark
Simon Teece died in a car crusher at the Newark scrapyard
The manager of a scrap metal yard was fined 50,000 after a fitter was sliced in half when he accidentally activated a car crusher in Notts.

Simon Teece, 45, pressed the wrong button on a remote control as he tried to change the blades on the machine at Briggs Metal, Newark, in January 2004.

The emergency stop button was broken, and the crushing box closed in on him.

Bill Briggs-Price, 37, of Old Great North Road, Newark, admitted two Health and Safety at Work Act breaches.

He was fined 50,000 and ordered to pay 6,749 costs.

Nottingham Crown Court heard several workers, including the married fitter, had been entering the machine for several months without cutting off the power.

Briggs-Price had reprimanded the men on several occasions but had failed to discipline any members of staff.

Four days before the death, the emergency stop button broke but Briggs-Price continued to allow the men to work on the machine.

'Six seconds'

Deanna Heer, prosecuting, said Mr Teece was using a makeshift procedure to change the blades.

She said: "As he was working in the crushing box the machine was somehow activated. The wings of the box closed in on him and Mr Teece was cut in half completely.

"It is believed that he somehow activated the automatic cycle of the machine using the hand-held remote control unit.

"Once the automatic cycle had been activated Mr Teece would have had at most six seconds to react before the wings of the unit closed in on him."

In a statement, the family of Mr Teece gave credit to Briggs-Price for pleading guilty and taking full responsibility for the death.


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