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Employee loses legs due to flawed remote control

25th June 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

An employee of H Ripley & Co, a scrap metal firm, has been severely injured in a baling machine due to major safety failings. The man was dealing with an issue inside the machine when the doors began to close, and he was unable to get fully outside before they shut.

The employee used a remote control to try and stop the doors from closing, but it did not work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) later found that the remote would not work while the doors were moving, which directly contributed to the accident.

The employee tried to exit the machine, but was unable to get fully outside. The doors, which had a maximum force of 180 tonnes, severed one of his legs and crushed another, which later had to be amputated.

H Ripley & Co was fined £60,000 and ordered to pay £34,633 costs after the HSE charged it with breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the firm pleaded guilty.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801730824-ADNFCR


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