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After workers drowned in pig feed, company fined over $2 million and co-owners jailed

A Leicestershire-based company, Greenfeeds Ltd, has been fined $2.4million and jailed its co-owners after two workers drowned in a tanker truck full of semi-liquid feed for pigs.

Gavin Rawson, 35, died trying to save 19-year-old Nathan Walker from falling into a tanker truck while cleaning it.

Rawson’s family said they were “justly proud of her bravery that day, dying trying to save her co-worker”.

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A UK court has found chief executive Ian Leivers guilty of breaching occupational health and safety law while his wife Gillian Leivers, the accounts manager, was found guilty of two counts of manslaughter guilty of gross negligence and a health and safety offence.

There was a “dangerous culture” on site, according to Judge Peter Fraser, who said the company “had absolutely no regard for the safety of its employees”.

Speaking to Gillian, he said: ‘Your blatant disregard for the very high risk of death was of an extreme nature.

“I am also of the opinion that your behavior was motivated by avoiding the cost of implementing appropriate security measures,” he added during the verdict.

The husband and wife were sentenced to 20 months and 13 years in prison and their business was liquidated.

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