Chester Crown Court has fined a Widnes based polythene manufacturer £40,000 after an employee experienced life changing injuries while working on a night shift.
The court heard that the employee was operating a ‘multi-winder’ machine which produced small reels from a larger log of film polythene.
The employee was is in the process of removing a piece of debris from the machine when the pivot arm dragged him into the machine.
The worker sustained injuries to his kidney, spleen and lungs.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported that the firm had previously identified the potential danger of pivot arms on other machines and had implemented appropriate measures and controls.
The HSE told the court that had this been carried out on all machinery, this incident would not have occurred.
Chester Crown Court fined the firm for breaches of Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 3 (1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
The company was fined £20,000 for each breach and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £10,033.