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Builder fined £20,000 over death


A Bury-based building materials manufacturer and its director have been fined a total of £20,000 after a worker was killed by an industrial mixing machine blade.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Building Chemical Research (1984) Ltd (BCR) and company director Stuart Reich, 62, following Paul Palmer’s death at the company’s premises on Sion Street in Radcliffe.

The 44-year-old father-of-one from Radcliffe had climbed into the machine – a powerful, slow speed mixer – to clean it on 30 August 2005 when it was switched on by another employee. Bolton Crown Court heard that it should have been impossible to switch on the machine while someone was inside.

BCR was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay £8,000 towards the cost of the prosecution on 20 September. The company’s director, Stuart Reich of Gisburn Road, Gisburn, Lancashire, was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.

Both admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to ensure the safety of employees.

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