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Dyson fined £1.2m after 1.5-tonne machine falls on factory worker

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The technology company Dyson has been fined more than £1m after one of its employees was injured when a giant milling machine fell on top of him.Dyson was ordered to pay £1.2m at Swindon magistrates court for failing to properly train its staff in handling the kit.

The firm pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws.The man was injured when the 1.5-tonne piece of equipment fell on top of him while he was at work in August 2019 at the company’s factory in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.He was moving a computer-assisted milling machine with the help of a colleague when the incident happened.They lifted it up with a five-tonne jack, and were replacing some wheels with wooden blocks when it fell.The Health and Safety Executive said that it struck the man, injuring his head and chest.Its investigators found that Dyson had not provided “suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training” to its staff.

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