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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Man’s arm crushed in work accident

    By David Brown on April 3, 2014

    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.

    Contact Accident Advice Helpline today

    Accident Advice Helpline can help employees get work accident compensation for a work injury claim if they have suffered in a work accident.

    Accident Advice Helpline is a national law company with specialist solicitors and is trusted for providing a 100% ‘no win, no fee’* solution with friendly, helpful staff and a 24/7 free legal advice hotline.

    So check out Accident Advice Helpline’s website, which also offers an informative blog, including a piece on the most common injuries caused by work machinery.

    Source: Hull Daily Mail

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    Date Published: April 3, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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