The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been successful in prosecuting a Manchester based waste plastic recycling firm after a worker experienced significant hand injuries when working with a granulator.
The HSE told Manchester Magistrates’ Court that a 50-year-old employee was using a granulator machine when it began to slow down. The worker went to investigate and proceeded to pull through some plastic which was causing the problem. Whilst doing so, the plastic wrapped around his hand and pulled it into the machine.
The worker is deaf and is having difficulty using sign language to communicate on a daily basis.
The HSE told the court that there were no safe practices in place and the employees should not have been able to access the inside of the machine. Additionally, the firm was found not to have Employer’s Liability Compulsory Insurance (ELCI).
Manchester Magistrates’ Court fined the firm fined £1500, and ordered to pay £17,000 in compensation to the injured employee, and ordered to pay £1,500 towards prosecution costs.
The firm pleaded guilty to two offences, one breach of Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and one breach under Section 1 of the Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969.