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Barrow strimmer death: Firm guilty in Anthony Robinson case

Anthony Robinson
Image caption Anthony Robinson, from Ulverston, was struck by a part from a strimmer chain

A firm has admitted health and safety failings over the death of a worker killed when he was struck by part of a strimmer travelling at 300mph.

Anthony Robinson, 36, was working on land at the Waterfront Business Park, Barrow Island, when he was hit by a strimmer chain in February 2010.

Lincolnshire-based ThreeShires Ltd admitted Health and Safety Executive breaches at Barrow Magistrates' Court.

Sentencing was adjourned to Lancaster Crown Court on 7 March.

The company, of Kings Gardens in Grantham, which specialises in ecological and forestry work, admitted failing to ensure the safety of its workers under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Mr Robinson, of Ulverston, had been preparing land at the business park when he was killed.

Contractor ThreeShires owned the strimmer which had not passed safety checks, the hearing heard.

Mr Robinson's wife Jenna, said: "We are pleased with Threeshires guilty plea but await the outcome of the next court hearing."

The company accepted five areas where it had failed to ensure the safety of its workers.

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