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Man killed by recycling shredder had to be identified by DNA from his toothbrush

Karlis Pavasars, 55, died after falling motionless on a  conveyor belt where he fell into a recycling shredder at Mid UK Recycling near Grantham, Lincolnshire, in 2013.

Body remains and parts of Mr Pavasars’s boot were found in the machine which shreds household waste into pellet-sized fuel for cement companies.

The only way to identify Mr Pavasars was by toothbrush DNA.

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Dr Dominic Swan, from the Health and Safety Executive(HSE), told the inquest that the  death was due to a lack of guarding around the conveyor belt which lead towards the shredder.

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