Company fined after worker becomes trapped in a machine
A factory in Ashton-under-Lyne has been hit with a five-figure fine after one of its employees suffered serious injuries in a workplace accident.
The 53-year-old was working at the ADA Machining Services facility on January 2nd 2008 when his overalls became entangled in a metal-shaping machine.
He was dragged into the rotating machinery and lost one finger on his right hand, broke a dozen ribs, cracked his breast bone and sustained friction burns to the left side of his body.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the firm had not taken the necessary precautions - such as using safety signs - to prevent workers from accessing dangerous parts of the machine.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined Ã‚Â£26,000 and ordered to pay costs of Ã‚Â£6,220.
"One of ADA's employees suffered devastating injuries and is still unable to return to work, more than two years after he was trapped in the machine," said HSE inspector David Norton.
"It's vital that companies take action to protect employees who are required to operate potentially dangerous machinery."
HSE chair Judith Hackitt recently criticised companies for attempting to hide behind health and safety laws.
Posted by Ben Alexander
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