An engineering company has admitted safety failings after an employee was seriously injured in an accident at work.
Peter Wilson, 58, from Bury, was working at Cope Engineering Ltd’s plant in Radcliffe on 9 July 2012 when he was dragged into dangerous parts of a moving machine.
He suffered injuries to his back and knee, and required 12 stitches to his arm, which forced him to take seven weeks off work.
‘Could have been worse’
Sefton Magistrates’ Court in Bootle heard how Mr Wilson was reaching over to adjust a component on the machine when the cuff on his overalls was caught by the screws on a rotating three-metre-long cylinder, pulling him in and twisting him around.
His injuries could have been much worse if a quick-thinking colleague had not pushed the emergency stop button and cut his overalls to stop them from becoming more entangled before the rotating cylinder came to a halt.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that the company had not prevented access to dangerous moving parts of the machine, therefore putting workers at significant risk of injury.
Making a personal injury claim
Cope Engineering Ltd, of Sion Street in Radcliffe, was fined a total of £3,000 and ordered to pay £3,767 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
It has since made several changes to its working practices, including removing protruding screws from the cylinders, operating the machine at a slower speed when adjustments are being made, and changing the clothing worn by employees.
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