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Devol Engineering fined after worker crushed

Accident site on Clarence Street, Greenock Image copyright Google Maps
Image caption The accident happened at the firm's factory on Clarence Street, Greenock

An Inverclyde engineering firm has been fined £10,000 over health and safety breaches after a worker was crushed by machinery at its plant in Greenock.

Devol Engineering admitted failings after the man was crushed while moving a steel lathe on 28 February 2012.

The Health and Safety Executive found there was no risk assessment and the system for relocating it was unsafe.

Greenock Sheriff Court heard the accident could have been avoided had reasonable precautions been taken.

Gary Aitken, head of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal health and safety division, said: "Devol Engineering Limited accepted liability and, on 20 June this year, the Crown accepted their guilty plea to the contravention of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

"This was an accident that resulted in severe injury to an employee and which could have been avoided.

"Since this incident, the company has introduced new risk assessments and has put into practice safe systems of work."

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