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Rubber company fined after coffee break saves worker’s life in factory explosion

A rubber manufacturer has been fined £10,000 after a Manchester worker narrowly escaped being killed in a factory explosion.

Dave Lomas, 56 from Ancoats, was returning from a coffee break when he saw a five-foot iron girder fly through the factory, smashing his workstation into pieces. The father of four, and grandfather of ten, would normally have been at his desk at the time of the explosion but had left it earlier than usual to make a drink.

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