A worker was seriously injured after he was caught in unguarded machinery at a wiring manufacturer, a court has heard. The man, who does not wish to be named, was cleaning the base track of an automatic palletising line at Amnack Limited’s premises in Doncaster when the reel loading arm activated, crushing him on to the empty pallet. He took the brunt of the impact at waist level, causing significant damage to his pelvis.
Doncaster Magistrates’ Court was told how an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that the automatic palletising line was unguarded. The incident, in July 2014, could have been prevented if adequate guarding was in place.
Amnack Limited, trading as Doncaster Cables, of Millfield Industrial Estate on Arksey Lane in Bentley, Doncaster, was fined a total of £7,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,673 for breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Carol Downes spoke about the dangers of working with machinery. She said that the prevention of part or whole body access to dangerous parts of machinery is a health and safety basic that is well known throughout all industries, yet Amnack Limited failed to guard the automatic palletising line.
Accidents at work
Unfortunately, accidents at work are a common occurrence across the UK, despite the vast amount of health and safety legalisation that exists to protect workers, such as the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Accidents usually happen because of defective safety equipment, inadequate safety training or dangerous premises. Even things like spilt liquid can lead to accidents in the workplace, so employers need to protect their employees 24/7.
Employers have a duty of care to ensure that their working environment is as safe as possible. This means that they must provide safe working equipment, provide training where appropriate, carry out risk assessments where hazards are identified and controlled and provide written reports on these assessments.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: September 8, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown