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Fabric worker injured after being dragged into machine

13th January 2014 | Warning Signs

AMR Textiles Ltd, a Kearsley fabric-manufacturing firm, has been prosecuted after a worker suffered leg injuries due to being dragged into a machine.

The worker was standing on some rollers in a ten-metre tower in order to clean them. A colleague inserted an override key to test another part of the equipment, but this started the rollers.

The worker suffered multiple broken bones in his left ankle and foot. An interlock had been fitted that should have stopped the rollers from working while the hatch, used by the employee to gain access to the machine, was open.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the interlock had not been regularly checked, and had failed. The HSE also ruled that the override keys themselves were unsafe. Had the interlock been tested, employees would have seen the warning signs of an accident and not used the keys.

AMR pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £8,000 along with £10,103 costs.

HSE inspector David Norton said:It is vital manufacturers think carefully about the potential consequences of making changes to machines or safety procedures, as they risk putting employees’ lives in danger.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801681398-ADNFCR


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