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18-year-old injures arm in machinery accident

19th December 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

A temporary worker at a Pontefract glass recycling firm had his arm trapped between a rotating metal drum and a conveyor belt in an avoidable accident.

The 18-year-old employee was asked to clean a machine used to separate glass from waste material. The machine was still running at the time, causing the arm to become trapped.

The teenager suffered a fractured arm that had to be rebuilt using bone from his hip and metal rods.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the machine was unguarded, and the firm regularly allowed workers to clean it while running as long as they were careful.

Reuse Collections Ltd, trading as Berryman, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £3,638 in costs.

HSE inspector Bradley Wigglesworth said: “There is no excuse for companies to operate machinery without protecting employees and other workers from the dangerous parts. The requirement for guarding is well known and recognised across industry, not least because the risks are obvious.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801674394-ADNFCR


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