Leicester company fined after man died in factory accident

A Leicester company has been fined almost £300,000, after one of its employees died in an accident at its factory.

Nylacast, in Thurmaston Boulevard, was fined £293,000 after 52-year-old Tarsem Singh died operating one of their machines.

Safety experts said the company failed to protect Tarsem Singh, as he operated a machine which had not been properly risk assessed.

The father of two from Oadby died at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham a day after a piece of equipment flew off a machine he was operating and struck him in the chest and face.

Health and Safety experts said the object hit Mr Singh with a force of up to eight tonnes and a speed of 80 mph.

Judge Tim Daber said employees had been “exposed to risk for some time” and this was “an accident waiting to happen”.

Mr Singh had worked at the factory, which produces engineered plastic materials for commercial use, for 23 years.

The company had pleaded guilty to two breaches of health and safety regulations and were today fined at a hearing at Northampton Magistrates Court.