A manufacturer, of composite hose products, was penalised after an inexperienced agency employee suffered open fractures to his right arm, from being pulled into an operating lathe.
Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard details of the incident which happened on 20 November 2018. The worker’s sweatshirt sleeve caught between a pitch wheel and rotating mandrel, which pulled his arm into the machine and caused an open fracture of the forearm, a radial shaft of his right arm, severe bruising to his body, plus skin abrasions.
The sustained injuries left the worker feeling permanently weak and struggling to carry out daily tasks.
An investigation conducted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had not identified the risk of entrapment or had told the worker the necessary steps to avoid it.
Furthermore, the risk of entrapment had increased around this time as the modified lathe meant that the operator had to work closely to the machine.
Additionally, the company had failed to restrict access to hazardous parts of the machinery, or provide a safe system of work for the assignment, and, did not provide sufficient guidance and practice to ensure their workers were qualified to operate the machinery.
Novaflex Ltd of Power Road, Bromborough, was found guilty of breaching Sections 2 and 3 of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and were fined £22,000 and required to pay expenses of £7,021.30.
Jeremy Sirrell, a Partner at Palmers and Health and Safety expert, said: “The failure to ensure that employees are managing work-place equipment safely, has led to this avoidable incident.
“If you are concerned about your businesses’ safety obligations, then it is important that you seek specialist advice at the earliest convenience.”
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