Butcher fined for arm loss

A 15-year-old boy lost an arm after a guard was removed from a mincer at a Lancashire butchers, a court heard.

J&B Fitton's, Higher Crompton, Oldham was fined £18,000 with £2,100 costs after admitting breaches of health & safety legislation during a hearing before Oldham magistrates.

Shop manager Darrel Lees was fined £2,500, also with £2,100 costs.

After the case John Rice, Oldham council's acting assistant director of environmental services, commented: "This was a horrific and avoidable accident that could have been prevented.

"We want all of our local businesses to thrive, but this case demonstrates that to do so, owners and managers must make sure that the safety of staff, contractors and the public is given the highest priority."

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