Peterborough man shredded at recycling plant near Grantham was identified using DNA from his toothbrush, inquest hears

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An inquest has begun into the death of a man who was shredded in an industrial machine at a recycling plant near Grantham.

Peterborough man Karlis Pavasars died at the Mid UK Recycling plant at Barkston Heath in July 2013, aged 55.

The inquest into his death, being held at Lincoln’s Cathedral Centre, has heard how the father-of-two was working for the firm, which shreds household waste to be used as fuel pellets.

Jurors heard how he was lying, not moving, as he travelled down a conveyer belt and into a machine at the factory.

A boot was later found stuck in the conveyor belt and a hard hat and keys were found on the floor by the machine. Body fragments and strips of the hi-vis jacket he was wearing were found in the machine. He had to be indentified by DNA taken from his toothbrush.

The inquest heard how a safety gate was not in place on the waste shredder, but was instead stood up against a wall.

In a statement, Mr Pavasars’ wife, Marite, said of her husband climbing on to a conveyor belt that he “was experienced enough in the recycling industry to know it was a very dangerous thing to do”.

As reported by the Journal at the time, an investigation was launched by the Health and Safety Executive after Mr Pavasars’ death, which is not being treated as suspicious.

The inquest continues.