General Motors admits safety breach over Vauxhall crush death

A car firm has admitted breaching health and safety legislation after an electrician was crushed to death at a Merseyside car plant.

Stanley Heard ,59, from Birkenhead, died after being caught in machinery at the Vauxhall factory in Ellesmere Port in July 2010.

General Motors UK admitted two charges of breaching health and safety rules at Liverpool Magistrates' Court.

A spokesman for Vauxhall said the company would make no comment.

Safety failings

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought criminal proceedings against General Motors UK following the death three years ago.

Mr Heard - who was known by his middle name Ian - died 11 days later in a hospital in Chester.

The charges relate to failing to ensure the safety of employees and failing to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery, the HSE said.

The case was adjourned until 1 August at Liverpool Crown Court for sentencing.

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