Car manufacturers Vauxhall have been fined £150,000 at Liverpool Crown Court following the death of a long-serving worker who was crushed in machinery at its factory in Ellesmere Port.

General Motors UK Ltd was being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after Ian Heard was found at the North Road plant on July 22, 2010.

The 59-year-old from Birkenhead, who joined Vauxhall as an apprentice at the age of 16, was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital where he died 11 days later.

General Motors, of Osborne Road in Luton, pleaded guilty to single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 at an earlier hearing.

The charges related to failing to ensure the safety of employees and failing to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery.

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