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The unnamed 39-year-old professional was working for Kerry Ingredients in Gainsborough in March 2010 and was instructed to install a lifting beam across the top of a breadcrumb-making machine so its motor could be repaired.
However, while he was leaning across the equipment to tighten screws and keep its beam in place, he slipped and fell a distance of around three metres to the floor below.
As a result, he sustained several fractured ribs as well as bruising to his coccyx and had to stay off work for around three weeks.
Judith McNulty-Green, inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, stated a platform should have been fitted to prevent people leaning over the machine.
"There was no safe system of work in place when the incident happened," she added.
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