Steven Dawson, an agency worker, was working as a line supervisor for Lowmac Alloys Ltd at its premises on the Oldhall West Industrial Estate in Irvine when the incident happened on 8 February 2011.
Then aged 28, he severed his left arm at the shoulder while attempting to clear a conveyor belt blockage.
Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard how Mr Dawson opened an unsecured hinged guard to access the blockage.
But as he tried to move the blocked container his left hand and arm came into contact with the moving belt and the bottom of the pulley. Doctors were unable to reattach his arm and he still needs further surgery to repair nerve damage in his shoulder.
He has been unable to return to work and continues to suffer from considerable pain.
If you’ve suffered an injury in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can give you all the support you need to make a successful claim, so don’t hesitate to get in touch. How much money you receive will depend on the type and severity of your injury.
‘Should have done more’
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into what happened concluded that Lowmac Alloys could and should have done more to prevent access to dangerous moving machinery parts.
The firm failed to provide interlocking guarding to stop dangerous parts moving before a worker entered the danger zone, as well as effective supervision and a safe system of work to clear blockages.
Lowmac Alloys Ltd, of Green Street Lane, Ayr, was fined a total of £118,000 after it pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 2(2) (a) and (c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
It had previously been served with a Deferred Prohibition Notice – back in 2003 – by HSE over a lack of guarding on another conveyor belt at the same premises.
Date Published: October 9, 2014
Author: David Brown