Lancashire company fined after worker's arm is crushed
An environmental services company was fined recently following an incident that caused severe injuries to an employee’s arm.
Preston Magistrates' Court was informed that Muhammad Shoaib, 30, had been working on a waste line for Consillium Environmental Services Ltd on 20th May, 2015 when the incident occurred. As the worker was clearing out waste plastic sheeting from a conveyor belt, the machinery started up and Shoaib's arm was pulled between the belt and the rollers. Two places in his left arm had been crushed, requiring extensive surgery. Despite this, he has not been able to return to employment since the accident occurred.
An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the Lancashire-based firm had failed to conduct a risk assessment prior to cleaning the machinery. No guarding or isolation process had been implemented on the machine, and there had not been a safe system of work put in place to clean the rollers.
According to Sharon Butler, an HSE inspector, the incident was preventable. She added that a risk assessment would identify risks, and measures should have been put in place to avoid the risk of injury from the machinery. As the safety measures had been ignored, a worker had been left with life-changing injuries and the company had been fined.
The company was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay the costs of £4,500. The use of PPE and other equipment can help to reduce the risks associated with machinery, although risk assessments and other measures are still required to ensure safety in the workplace.