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British Sugar fined after death
Sugar plant
The plant processes 1.85 million tonnes of sugar beet annually
British Sugar has been fined 400,000 for breaching health and safety rules following the death of woman who was hit by a mechanical shovel.

Lorraine Waspe, 40, from Great Finborough, near Stowmarket, died at the British Sugar processing plant in Bury St Edmunds, on 14 February 2003.

British Sugar's contractor equipment company VM Plant was fined 250,000.

On Tuesday at Bury St Edmunds Crown Court, in Suffolk, both firms admitted breaching health and safety rules.

The court heard that in November last year, British Sugar admitted failing to ensure the health and safety of its employees and failing to ensure employees were not exposed to risks.

VM Plant was found guilty by jury of failing to ensure that people who might be affected by their equipment were not exposed to risks to their health and safety.

Inquiry into sugar factory death
18 May 03 |  Suffolk

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