‘Blender death’ firm fined £200k

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A FIRM has been fined £200,000 af­ter a worker died when he was pulled into an in­dus­trial blender.

Ge­orge Ma­jor, 51, was clear­ing ma­te­rial from the ma­chine at pel­let mak­ers Ret­ten­maier UK in Mans­field, Notts, when it un­ex­pect­edly started up.

The in­ci­dent, four years ago, was in­ves­ti­gated by the Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive (HSE), which found that a guard had been re­moved from the ma­chine, which had not been locked off from the elec­tric­ity sup­ply.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found Mr Ma­jor had been help­ing to clear a block­age when he was dragged into the blender and killed.

The com­pany ad­mit­ted breach­ing safety acts at Not­ting­ham Crown Court.

The HSE’s Sa­man­tha Far­rar said: “This tragic in­ci­dent could have so easily been avoided.”

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