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Firm fined after injury to worker

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A young worker almost lost his arm when it became trapped in machinery at a recycling plant in Lancashire, a court has heard.

The 20-year-old employee, from Bolton-by-Bowland, broke his right arm in several places in the incident at Environmental Waste Recycling Ltd in Kelbrook, near Barnoldswick, on August 7 last year.

The company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after an investigation found essential guards were missing from the machine.

Preston Crown Court heard the employee had been working on a line which included a heavy-duty conveyor belt.

After returning from his lunch break, he switched the power to the machine back on. He then walked through an 80cm-wide gap by the side of the machine, but his arm was caught by the roller under the conveyor belt and dragged in.

The court was told the firm had hired a health and safety consultant to carry out inspections. On both occasions, he produced reports highlighting the missing guards but the company failed to act.

Environmental Waste Recycling Ltd was fined £46,000 and ordered to pay £3,671 costs after pleading guilty breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

 

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