A serious work injury at a vehicle spraying facility turned to tragedy after an employee was crushed to death.
North Kent Shotblasting was sentenced recently after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that Nigel Harrison was killed when a large, unsecured metal plate fell on top of him.
HSE inspector David Fussell criticised the safety procedures at North Kent Shotblasting, saying the authority would "not tolerate" incidents of this type.
"The fatal injuries to Mr Harrison were easily preventable, and the incident came about through a combination of events, which included the reliance on a fatally flawed system of work," he commented.
According to HSE figures, more than 8,000 work injuries and 24 deaths have occurred in the motor vehicle repair industry over the past five years.
It follows the prosecution of OCS Group after employee Joseph Pathmananthan was badly injured when a heavy metal hopper fell on him.