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Worker crushed while carrying out maintenance work

15th April 2011 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

Safety signs are an important part of health and safety in the workplace.

A Gateshead steel firm has been fined £40,000 after an employee's feet were crushed in the workplace, leading to his leg having to be amputated.

The worker was removing large mill rollers to be cleaned, a weekly task which involved standing on the outgoing side of the mill with his feet in between several hot conveyor rollers.

But a co-worker, unaware of the injured worker's presence, activated hydraulic arms used to position the steel plates, and one of the sidearms crushed the worker's right foot and part of his left.

Jonathan Wills, a Health and Safety Executive inspector, said that the worker suffered "extremely painful and permanent leg injuries" because the firm had failed to ensure that dangerous parts of the machinery could not be operated while maintenance work was being carried out, which he called "simple and inexpensive measures".

The company was prosecuted under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations 1999.  ADNFCR-2754-ID-800502493-ADNFCR


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