A firm based in Edinburgh has been fined for health and safety failings following an accident that occurred in June 2012. A worker lost his arm after it was trapped in a machine he was working on. The case was heard at Edinburgh Sheriff Court and the result was that the firm received a fine of over £46,600.
The accident happened when worker Akshay Phale, who was 27 at the time, was wrapping a cotton fabric around a wooden cylinder. The cylinder was rotating at the time of the accident and his arm was caught in the device. He became trapped and emergency services were called. It took nearly an hour to release his arm as the fire service worked to save it, along with the assistance of other employees. He underwent several operations and lost the arm below his elbow. He has been unable to return to work since.
An investigation was undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive to determine the cause. This found there were no measures in place to prevent the cylinder from rotating while someone wrapped the fabric onto it.
How serious can health and safety failings in the workplace be?
As we can see from this example, they have the potential to be very serious indeed. In this case a man lost his arm from the elbow down and has as yet been unable to return to work. Thankfully the vast majority of businesses in all industries throughout the UK do adhere to health and safety rules and do not put their workers in any danger. However, as we can see here the consequences of neglecting to acknowledge their duty of care can have devastating consequences.
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Source: BBC News
Date Published: February 22, 2015
Author: David Brown