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Worker's leg crushed in gears

29th January 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

An employee at a manufacturing plant suffered severe injuries after his leg was caught in the gears of a power press. Marrill Ltd, the company that owns the plant, has been prosecuted as a result.

The employee was carrying out some repair work on the press, which had been turned off. However, the act of resetting a solenoid valve caused the machine to spring into life. No risk assessment had been carried out on the machine, so there were no safety signs warning that this could happen.

There was also nothing to guard the gears, which could have prevented the incident. The 49-year-old employee suffered severe crushing injuries to his right foot, to the extent that he had to have part of his leg amputated.

Marrill Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. It was fined £20,000, and ordered to pay £904 in costs and a £100 Victim Surcharge.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801687563-ADNFCR


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