A construction aggregates firm in the West Midlands has been fined £30,000 after a worker was injured operating an inadequately guarded piece of machinery.
An employee of Wildmoor Quarry Products Limited, had been cleaning a conveyor belt at the site near Bromsgrove when the incident occurred in April 2016.
Redditch Magistrates’ Court heard how the man suffered a painful hand injury, involving part of the skin and tissue being removed from his right hand – known as a partial degloving injury.
The worker also sustained a chipped bone in his wrist.
While investigating the incident, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the machinery did not have sufficient safety guarding in place, which could have prevented the industrial accident.
The regulator’s investigation has also concluded that the company had not sufficiently managed the risks involved with operating the equipment.
Catherine Pickett, a quarries’ inspector from the HSE, said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by the company if it had provided adequate training and put in place safe working practices for cleaning and maintaining conveyor belts.”
A duty of care
A judge fined Wildmoor Quarry Products Limited, of Telford in Shropshire, £30,000 plus legal costs of £11,174.17, after representatives of the firm pleaded guilty to Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Ms Pickett added: “Duty holders have the responsibility to ensure all dangerous machinery has the appropriate level of guarding to enable safe operation and maintenance, including cleaning operations.”
Reference: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: December 7, 2017
Author: Jackie Kingsley