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Factory fall leads to prosecution for Lincolnshire company

A Lincolnshire food manufacturer has been fined after a worker fell from a breadcrumb-making machine.

The 39-year-old maintenance technician from Gainsborough had climbed onto the machine at Kerry Ingredients (UK) Ltd in Carr Lane, to install a lifting beam across the top of the large vessel in order to hoist out the motor for repair.

As he leaned over the machine to tighten screws to hold the beam in place, he slipped, falling nearly three metres between the machine and the wall.

The worker suffered fractured ribs and a bruised coccyx in the incident, which happened on 31 March 2010. He was off work for around three weeks.

Kerry Ingredients (UK) Ltd, trading as Kerry Ingredients and Flavours, of Great Park Road, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. Lincoln magistrates fined the firm £4,500 and ordered it to pay costs of £5,210.


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