China clay firm Imerys fined for crushing worker

Cornish china clay firm Imerys has been ordered to pay more than £75,000 after a worker was crushed in machinery.

Gerald Dahlstrom, who was then 45, was loading bags into a machine that flattened bags of china clay at Par Docks in August 2008.

He was dragged into a gap of between 6in and 8in (15cm and 20cm) and left 30% disabled, Truro Crown Court heard.

The company admitted health and safety breaches and was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £45,124 costs.

Charges were brought by the Health and Safety Executive.

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