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Firms fined for man's death during food factory construction

19 November 2012

£70,000 is the price O Turner Insulation and principal contractor Clegg Food Projects had to share after the death of a man who drove a scissor lift into an unprotected pit in a factory floor.

52-year-old Martin McMenemy from Grimsby was working for O Turner Insulation, installing wall and ceiling panels in a food manufacturing plant in Leicester. His vehicle overturned when it was driven into the uncovered recess, and McMenemy later died of injuries in hospital.

O Turner Insulation and principal contractor Clegg Food Projects were found by Leicester Crown Court to have neglected to take simple precautions by an investigation by the Health and Safety executive.

A metal plate or a cordon could have prevented the incident, the court found. O Turner Insulation was fined £22,500 (£12,806 in costs), and Clegg Food Projects was fined £22,500 (£12,674 in costs).


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