An animal rendering firm has been fined £700,000 after an employee died when he fell into a pit of offal.
The firm admitted health and safety breaches
John Pointon and Sons of Cheddleton, Staffordshire, was convicted of four counts of breaching health and safety laws at Stafford Crown Court.
Glynn Thompson, 45, died in August 2004 trying to help a colleague in the slurry pit when he slipped and fell.
In mitigation, the firm said its health and safety had been poor but had since changed beyond recognition.
After the hearing Det Con Chris Short of Staffordshire Police said it had all been avoidable.
"If the company had put in place the adequate health and safety measures that were required then this would not have happened," he said.
The case was brought by the Health and Safety Executive.
Spokesman Graham Barnes said he hoped other companies would learn lessons from the case and realise the importance of effective health and safety management.