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Employee's arm caught in machinery

17th February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

A Nottinghamshire plastic recycling firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee's arm was caught in a machine due to the company's failure to prevent access to dangerous moving parts.

The employee was working alone on a night shift, when his sleeve caught on a moving part of an auger. The machine twisted his sleeve, tightening it so much that it broke both his arm and the drive shaft, which allowed him to escape.

The HSE found there were no guards preventing access to the moving parts of the machine. This allowed the employee's sleeve to catch, causing the accident.

MBA Polymers UK Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching both Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Section 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. It was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £3,851 in costs.

HSE inspector David Butter said: "Incidents involving entanglement on rotating machinery can be easily avoided if suitable guarding is maintained."ADNFCR-2754-ID-801694048-ADNFCR


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