Curver UK Ltd fined £160k after Cornwall employee death

A company has been fined £160,000 after a man was crushed to death in a machine used to make plastic lids.

Shaun O'Dwyer, 54, died in 2008 at Curver UK Ltd's factory on the Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth, Cornwall.

Mr O'Dwyer entered the machine through an unguarded gap, Truro Crown Court heard.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the firm for failing to provide adequate safety measures. It was also ordered to pay £32,000 costs.

'Tragic incident'

The court heard that Mr O'Dwyer entered the machine after one of the conveyors had been removed.

While he was inside, the machine started and the plates crushed him, the court heard.

HSE Inspector Trevor Hay said: "This tragic incident could have been avoided if the company had observed standard industry guidance."

Mr O'Dwyer lived in Redruth but was originally from North Yorkshire.

Curver UK Ltd of York Gate, London, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The firm was formerly known as Contico Europe Ltd.

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