A mushroom farming business has been fined after a man suffered crush injuries in an accident at work.
The employee of Littleport Mushroom Farm LLP, who wishes to remain anonymous, was clearing compost out of growing tunnels at the firm’s premises in Cambridgeshire when the incident occurred on 25 January 2013.
He suffered a fracture to his left forearm and another to his upper arm, as well as bruising on the left hand side of his chest and back.
Cambridge Magistrates’ Court heard how the worker was rolling a net and polythene sheet – which lined the growing shelves – onto a specially-designed emptying machine. But the sheet dropped away, and as he tried to tuck it back into the machine his left gloved hand became caught into the winding mechanism.
His arm was pulled in up to his shoulder. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive revealed the company had failed to identify that the machine’s roller was unguarded when they purchased it. It had therefore not provided any guarding for the dangerous moving part of the machine.
The worker was off work for over a year as a result of his injuries.
Littleport Mushroom Farm, of Barway Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. It was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,700.
Making a crush injury compensation claim
Crush injuries can be particularly debilitating, leaving you unable to work for an extended period of time.
It is therefore important that you seek crush injury compensation if you’ve been injured in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault.
Accident Advice Helpline is on hand to help you seek the compensation you deserve. How much you could be entitled to will depend on a number of factors including the type and severity of the injury sustained.
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Source: Cambs Times
Date Published: July 29, 2014
Author: David Brown