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Telford worker injury firm fined 75,000

A Shropshire firm has been fined £75,000 after a worker was left partially blind and deaf when he was thrown from a machine.

Magna Specialist Confectioners Ltd, of Telford, had admitted contravening health and safety regulations.

The man in his 30s was injured in 2007 and left in a coma for two weeks but now suffered with personality changes, the Health and Safety Executive said.

The firm was also ordered to pay costs of £37,500 at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

HSE investigating inspector Guy Dale said the man has "such permanent damage that his future prospects and employment potential are severely restricted".

Mr Dale added: "He has a wife and a young daughter born a few months after the incident occurred.

"The fine imposed by the Crown Court reflects that there was a previous history cataloguing systemic machinery guarding failures in the company and a lack of risk assessment leaving employees exposed to risk to their health and safety."

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