A JUDGE has imposed fines totalling £410,000 on a chipboard giant and an East Lancashire engineering company following the death of two young maintenance workers in a factory accident.

 

Portuguese-owned Sonae Industria and Haslingden-based Valmet, previously known as Metso Paper, have been dealt with over the December 2010 death of Thomas Elmer and James Bibby at the Sonae plant on Merseyside.

Their families have slammed Sonae and Metso for a complete disregard for health-and-safety protocol. And one experienced health-and-safety inspector said the case was the most horrific he has encountered.

 

 

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