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Company fined £10,000 after employee nearly loses leg

A recycling firm has been investigated by the Health and Safety Executive after one of its employees became trapped in a glass sorting machine.

The accident happened when the 41 year old worker tried to remove a blockage on a conveyor belt. He was lifted up onto the conveyor belt using a mobile platform and as he removed the blockage the conveyor belt moved and pulled his right leg into the machinery causing significant crushing injuries. The employee was taken to hospital where he needed multiple operations to save his leg.

The Magistrates Court heard how it was usual practice for employees to remove blockages from the conveyor belt which meant that staff were regularly at risk of crush or fall injuries due to having no guards on the machinery. The HSE found that the company should have prevented access to dangerous parts of the machinery and put guards in place to prevent falls.

The recycling firm admitted breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Work at Height Regulations 2005.  They accepted a fine for £10,000 and were ordered to pay £1,221 in costs.

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