Fabric firm admits blame over arm injury

A fabric company has been fined after a teenage worker suffered a serious arm injury.

Macclesfield-based Medaax Ltd, which trades as Adamley Textiles, admitted safety failings relating to the incident on 6 November 2012.

The 18-year-old apprentice, who does not wished to be named, had been trying to remove a crease from a roll of silk at the company’s River Mills site in Langley when a finger on his left hand became caught, pulling him in up to his armpit.

Exposed to dangerous moving parts

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) led the prosecution after an investigation found workers were regularly exposed to dangerous moving parts of the machine.

Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court heard the employee had joined the firm as an apprentice at the age of 17 – just five months before the incident took place.

He was in the process of winding the dyed silk onto a roller so that it could be removed from the machine when he noticed a crease and used his left hand to smooth it out. As he did so, however, his finger became caught and trapped, pulling his arm into and around the roller.

He had to be cut free and suffered injuries and fractures to his arm, as well as nerve damage which has led to limited use of his left hand.

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Medaax Ltd, of River Mills in Langley, was fined a total of £24,000 and ordered to pay £4,466.86 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

The company has since installed a pull-cord emergency stop device and a ‘hold to run’ button on the machine, which means it automatically stops operating when the button is not being pressed, while the machine can also now run at a lower speed for unloading the silk.

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