Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court has fined a manufacturing company £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,252 costs after pleading guilty to a breach of Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
A sixty year old machinist required an eight day stay in hospital and had ten month break from work after sustaining severe neck injuries, a fractured shoulder and damaged ear.
The machinist was sewing a piece of nylon when his protective overalls became caught in the machine.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident revealed that the machine had been altered and the interlocks were subsequently ineffective, sending the wrong safety message to the machine.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Elizabeth Hornsby said:
“This was a horrific incident that left a man with multiple serious injuries. It was also an incident that could and should have been prevented.”
“It is a basic premise of health and safety that workers should not be able to come into contact with dangerous moving parts of machinery. By failing to ensure that the interlocks were maintained, workers were put at risk, and one could have very nearly paid with his life.”
Information and guidance on the safe use of work equipment and machinery is available at http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/