One of Britain’s biggest plastic recycling plants has been fined £7,000 after a
work accident saw an employee sustain a broken arm.
The 23-year-old Costhorpe man’s arm became trapped in machinery on May 2, 2012.
MBA Polymers UK Ltd failed to act effectively to prevent access to dangerous moving parts of the equipment at its Worksop premises in Nottinghamshire, Worksop Magistrates’ Court was told on Friday.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the injured worker was operating alone on a night shift in an area at the top of the factory when the accident occurred.
He was checking on an auger, a spiral which pushes materials through a metal tube. His sleeve became trapped on a bolt protruding from the electric motor driving the spiral.
This twisted his sleeve so badly it acted like a tourniquet, breaking his arm. The twisted clothing simultaneously shattered the motor driveshaft and the employee was able to extricate himself and summon help.
Unable to return
The impact of the injuries from the work accident were so bad that the employee has not yet gone back to work.
A lack of adequate guarding was the primary cause of the accident, the court heard.
HSE discovered the guards over the access holes to the drilling tool had been taken away and not replaced, leaving the rotating parts unprotected.
MBA Polymers UK Ltd was also told to pay £3,851 in costs after pleading guilty to single breaches of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Section 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
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