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Fabric maker fined after worker's arm crushed

22nd September 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls.

A fabric maker has been fined £13,500 after one of its workers had an arm crushed in a winding machine, illustrating the importance of warning signs.

Peterborough Magistrates' Court heard how the 32-year-old agency worker was using a material winding machine in November last year when his arm became intertwined with the fabric and was dragged into machine. Breaking all three arm bones, the worker had to have metal plates inserted to aid recovery.

E-Leather Limited, based in Peterborough, admitted breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 3(1)(b) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and was ordered to pay costs of £5,000 in addition to the fine.

After an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it emerged that no effective risk assessment strategy was in place and ineffective safety guards were used on particularly dangerous parts of machinery.

"Proper safety guards play an important role in protecting workers from dangerous moving parts and the company had a responsibility to ensure suitable guarding was in place. Had a suitable and sufficient risk assessment been carried out then this issue would have been highlighted straight away," HSE Inspector Alison Ashworth said.

HSE is Britain's national regulator for workplace safety and health.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800076081-ADNFCR


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