Printing firm in court of Morton worker’s death

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A PRINTING firm accused of health and safety breaches after an employee was crushed to death will have its case heard at crown court.

Ian Ebbs, 43, of Old Station Yard, Morton, died during a night shift at St Ives Web, Fengate, Peterborough on October 6, 2008, when part of the printing press he was trying to repair crushed him.

On Tuesday Peterborough Magistrates’ Court heard that Wyndeham Peterborough, which now owns St Ives Web, is charged with one count of breaching its duty to employees, in that it failed to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all its employees, including Ian Ebbs, by failing to control the risks arising from maintenance operations including fault finding following breakdown of its Lithoman IV press.

Harry Vann, defending Wyndeham Peterborough, said the firm was not ready to indicate its plea, as it was still seeking expert evidence in the case.

He said both the prosecution and the defence agreed that the case was too serious to be heard in the magistrates’ court.

Magistrates agreed and will meet again on September 16 to set a date for a crown court hearing.

An inquest into Mr Ebbs’ death was heard at Peterborough Town Hall in October last year, with a verdict of accidental death being recorded by coroner Gordon Ryall.

Mr Ebbs was crushed by a paddle wheel that swung down.

Mr Ryall ordered St Ives Web to improve working practices following the inquest.