A steel company has been fined £25,000 after a worker severely injured his hand on machinery at a plant in South Wales.
Tata Steel admitted to three separate health and safety breaches after an employee’s left hand became trapped in a pair of steel pinch rolls while working on a production line in Trostre, Llanelli Magistrates’ Court heard.
The man, who had served at the company for 34 years, had half his index finger and part of his middle finger amputated following the accident at work in December 6, 2012.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the machine did not have sufficient guards in place and the firm had not carried out an appropriate risk assessment of the equipment.
After the hearing HSE inspector Steve Lewis, said: “This was a completely needless and entirely preventable incident that left an employee with a permanent impairment.
“Tata Steel UK Ltd failed to carry out a suitable risk assessment of the equipment their workers were using. They failed to provide machinery guarding to current standards, did not prevent access to dangerous moving parts of machinery and failed to provide a safe system for managing and controlling the risks associated with a production line.
“It is shocking that a company of this standing failed to achieve compliance on such a basic level of machinery guarding, thereby putting their employees at risk. This case should serve as a warning that HSE will not hesitate to prosecute companies where key safety devices are not fitted to potentially dangerous machinery.”
Tata Steel, of Millbank, London, was further ordered to pay £8,320 in costs.
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