BREAKING NEWS: Cemex fined £200,000 for breaching health and safety laws after the death of employee at the Lawford Road plant

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CEMEX has been ordered by a crown court judge to pay £200,00 and £172,000 in costs.

The global cement company, which is based in Rugby, was taken to court after employee Peter Reynolds, 28, died at the plant in Lawford Road in 2008.

The court heard that Mr Reynolds was blown out the side of the plant after an explosion caused by a chemical reaction in one of the machines. He fell 30ft and landed in the road outside.

The court pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to ensure the safety of its employees.

The judge fined the company £200,000 and ordered it to pay £172,000 prosecution costs.

The family of Mr Reynolds said following the sentencing hearing at Warwickshire Justice Centre today (Monday) that they were glad it was over, adding that they are finding it hard to come to terms with his death.

**For the full story, including pictures of the damage caused by the explosion, see Thursday’s Rugby Advertiser**