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Firm fined over strimmer accident

ThreeShires Ltd, a company which specialises in ecological and forestry work, has been fined £15,000 over the death of a worker, Tony Robinson, who was struck by a piece of metal that flew off a strimmer at high speed.

A prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) resulted in the company pleading guilty to breaching Health and Safety rules. It was also fined £10,000 in costs.

Commenting, Tony Robinson’s widow, Jenna, said “Even though I am no engineer, when I was shown the piece of equipment, common sense told me that it was an accident waiting to happen, with links that could easily fly off.

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