A tool changer suffered crush injuries after going into a guarded part of a machine just a fortnight after being promoted into the job, a court has been told.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says the accident at work was one the employee was lucky to escape with his life from.
The man’s employer, West Midlands-based International Automotive Components Company Ltd, has been fined £7,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,190 after admitting safety failings.
The firm had pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Machine hood descended on worker
The factory accident happened in September 2014 while the man, who was being supervised, was maintaining carpet forming machinery, Nuneaton Magistrates Court heard.
He got trapped and was injured when the carpet heating press’s top hood came down on top of him as he worked.
Magistrates heard the man had only been working as a tool changer for a fortnight after being promoted from his job as an operator.
HSE Inspector John Glynn says it would not be an exaggeration to say that it was very lucky the employee had not been killed in the accident.
Website advises on safety
The HSE’s website contains a wealth a of information – for both employers and employees – about machinery safety.
It stresses the need for checks to made to ensure machines are free from defects, have all the necessary safeguards fitted on them and are correctly installed.
The HSE says it is also vital that safe systems of work are put in place for using and maintaining machinery and that machines are used for the correct purpose.
Failure to follow the advice and adhere to the legislation, it says, can heighten the risk of workers suffering personal injury.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: September 20, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown