A South Yorkshire crushing plant operator has been fined£240,000 and ordered to pay £22,7941 costs after worker lost his left arm when it was dragged into exposed machinery. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that workers on the crushing plant were required to clean down the machinery after each batch to ensure the titanium product was not contaminated; this placed them immediately next to unguarded belt and flywheels. Although the company had enclosed all the machinery with a fence including an interlocked gate, which ensured that the machinery was not powered when the gate was open, the belt and the flywheel could still move with considerable power if it was caught or nudged.
A Staffordshire logistics company has been fined £265,000 and ordered to pay £14,943 costs after two employees were injured in two days. Both incidents resulted from fork lift truck operations. The investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that fork lift truck operators and their supervisors were not properly trained and the risk assessments in place were poor. The investigation also found that there was inadequate segregation of pedestrians and vehicles.
A Merseyside shipbuilder fined £400,000 and ordered to pay £7,863 costs after a after a worker suffered serious injuries whilst carrying out repair and maintenance to a lathe. The company’s risk assessment failed to identify the risks involved in the common practice of using emery cloth to clean moving parts.