Createscape Ltd admitted breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, as well as a separate breach of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, following the incident at its White Rose Park premises in Goole on 2 October 2012.
The firm, which makes rubber playground surfaces, was consequently hit with a fine of £3,500 and ordered to pay £761 in costs.
No proper risk assessment
The worker, 27, who does not wish to be named, was trying to clean a build-up of shredded rubber from a conveyor belt at the back of the shredding machines when his arm was pulled in between the belt and a roller, causing a serious fracture.
He was inside a fenced enclosure at the time of the incident. There was an interlock system on the gates, designed to protect employees from the moving machinery inside, although the conveyor had not been connected to the interlock system.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive concluded that the risk of cleaning shreds from inside the enclosure and around the conveyor belt had not been properly assessed by Createscape Ltd.
It added that fixed guarding or the connecting of the conveyor to the interlock system would have prevented the incident from happening.
Arm injury claim
An arm injury can be anything from a fracture, just like in this case, to cuts and bruising. Such injuries can have a major impact on your ability to work, so making a claim for compensation can help you improve your financial security.
The amount of money you receive will depend on several factors, including the type and severity of the injury. Ongoing symptoms are also taken into consideration.
Accident Advice Helpline has a wealth of experience when it comes to personal injury claims, helping you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
Source: HSS Search