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Cement firm fined over worker death

Cement firm fined over worker death

A fine of £200,000 has been issued to a cement business, after one of its staff members died in a workplace accident.

Peter Reynolds, 28, died in an explosion at the CEMEX factory at Lawford Road, Rugby, Warwickshire in January 2008.

As a result of his death, Warwick Crown Court decided to fine CEMEX UK Operations Ltd and ordered the firm to pay costs of £172,000, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The company, of Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, near Egham, Surrey, had pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act in August.

The HSE said its investigation found that no action had been taken by CEMEX to address the potential for blockages to cause explosions within a mixer.

It also found that despite a previous incident, no risk assessment review had been conducted by CEMEX.

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