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Worthing business fined after worker breaks arm

12th September 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A Worthing business has been fined after an employee broke their arm in an unguarded machine.

Mark Mann was trying to correct a fault in a vacuum-forming machine at R&W Group when his right arm fell into a gap in the machine when its cooling cycle stopped, resulting in his upper bones being fractured along with significant nerve damage.

Mr Mann has since been made redundant and needed a plate inserted to help heal the break.

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). which prosecuted B&W group for their safety failings.

HSE inspector Graham Goodenough said: "What happened to Mr Mann was easily avoidable and shortly after the incident the company did fit a suitable guard to the machine that would have prevented it happening."

Mr Goodenough explained that the HSE provides a variety of free guidance to help businesses carry out risk assessments to ensure equipment is safe for workers to use. ADNFCR-2754-ID-801636750-ADNFCR


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