A judge has given a £100k discount off the fine a manufacturer was to pay for the death of one of its workers because of financial losses it would incur due to coronavirus, a court heard.

Mr Javeed Ghaffar had been working on machinery used to manufacture fibres used in teabags while employed at IFG Drake Ltd’s site in Huddersfield on 24 March 2017.

Leeds Crown Court heard at sentencing on 3 June how fibres had got stuck to the rollers of the machine and begun to wrap around them, an issue known as a lap. Mr Ghaffar tried to remove the lap, and as he did so, he became entangled in the machine and was fatally crushed.

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