Pyranha Mouldings who manufactured kayaks have been found guilty of Corporate Manslaughter after a 5 week trial. A worker became trapped inside an industrial oven which was turned on without anybody realising the worker was inside. He could not raise an alarm or stop the warming-up process from inside the oven. He unfortunately sustained severe burns and died of shock. Sentencing is likely to take place in February.
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A kayak manufacturer has been found guilty of corporate manslaughter after a worker became trapped and died in an industrial oven. Alan Catterall, 54, suffered severe burns at the Pyranha Mouldings factory in Runcorn, Cheshire in 2010 and died of shock. Peter Mackereth, the firm's technical director and designer of the oven, was also on trial at Liverpool Crown Court. He was found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety Act. During the five-week trial, the jury heard Mr Catterall had gone inside the oven to scrape up dripped plastic. Another worker, who was due to marry Mr Catterall's daughter, turned the oven on without realising he had gone inside. Health and safety charges against managing director Graham Mackereth and engineer Paul Keddie were dropped earlier in the case. Sentencing is due to take place next month.