A leading conveyor belt manufacturer has been fined £7,500 after a machine crushed an agency employee’s arm in a work accident.
Jamie Rignall, from Bilton, sustained crush injuries to his right hand and arm in the accident at the Hull plant of J H Fenner & Co Ltd. on September 27, 2012.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the company, which trades as Fenner Dunlop Europe, on Tuesday (April 1) for serious safety breaches.
Mr Rignall, 30, had his arm crushed when it was dragged into a winding machine, the court heard.
He was using his gloved hand to smooth down a rubber and fabric web that was feeding into the machine.
But his hand and arm were drawn into an in-running nip of the wind-up roller and became trapped.
Arm injury as machine trapped worker
Mr Rignall reached a safety bar to deactivate the winder. He was freed by workmates and taken to hospital in the kind of accident which can result in
arm injury claims.
He needed three operations to reduce swelling and skin grafts.
There were no fixed or interlocked guards, light curtains, pressure mats or trip wires provided on the machine to stop staff accessing dangerous parts, the HSE found.
Although J H Fenner had undertaken risk assessments and provided safe working codes, it had not identified the dangers of being drawn into the winding mechanisms.
J H Fenner & Co Ltd., of Hesslewood Country Office Park, Hull, was also told to pay £958 in costs after admitting two breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
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Source: Hull Daily Mail
Date Published: April 3, 2014
Author: David Brown