19 March 2007
Widow of man killed in paper shredder sues for £400,000
The widow of a factory foreman who died when he was dragged through a paper shredder is suing for £400,000 in compensation.
Kevin Arnup, 36, was killed in 2003 when the shredder at the MW White recycling plant restarted after he had climbed into the machine to release a blockage.
His son Jason, who was 15 at the time and who had been working with his father at the plant in Ketteringham, near Norwich, had also clambered into the machine, but was saved from injury when workers pulled him from the machinery.
Although MW White accepts primary responsibility for the accident, the company is challenging the size of the payout and assert that Mr Arnup did not observe safety precautions.
The firm is also asking for the sum of £229,000 that has already been paid out to Mrs Arnup through a company fund to be struck from the damages total.
Following the accident Paul White, who owns the plant, was sentenced to a year in jail after admitting manslaughter and breeches in safety provision.