Cumbria

Kimberly-Clark admits failings over death of Christopher Massey

Christopher Massey
Image caption Mr Massey played rugby for Barrow Raiders

Tissue maker Kimberly-Clark has admitted safety breaches over the death of a worker at its plant in Cumbria.

Night shift worker Christopher Massey, 28, died after becoming trapped while loading rolls into a cutting machine at the factory in Barrow in November 2007.

The company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of staff at Barrow Magistrates' Court in a case brought by the Health and Safety Executive.

The firm faces an unlimited fine when sentencing takes place on 25 November.

The court was told the machine did not have a safety guard at the time of Mr Massey's death. He suffered massive head injuries.

'Tragic event'

The Barrow Raiders rugby player, of Holbeck Road, Barrow, was coming to the end of a 12-hour shift when the incident happened.

After the hearing, a spokesman for the company said it had fully co-operated with the investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.

It said it had pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, and added: "The death of Christopher Massey, a well-liked and respected colleague, was a tragic event and it is our committed view that one fatality is one too many and that the safety of our employees is of paramount importance to us."

The firm will be sentenced at Lancaster Crown Court.

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