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This article was published on December 17th, 2015
The Health and Safety Executive has investigated yet another incident of a worker being seriously injured by being dragged on a conveyor belt into heavy machinery. A manufacturing company was investigated after a male employee slipped into a conveyor belt and remained stuck there for twenty minutes suffering crushing injuries.
A Crown Court heard how the man suffered multiple fractures to his left leg and nasty crushing injuries to both his thighs whilst he was trying to clean excess metal ‘swarf’ from a conveyor in order to clear a blockage.
The HSE investigation discovered that one of the safety guards had been removed and therefore found the company guilty of failing to prevent access to dangerous parts of the conveyor.
The company was fined a total of £60,000, and legal costs of £11,038 for offences under Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).
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