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The unnamed 51-year-old man sustained a severe injury to his arm which saw the muscle being torn away from the limb when he got it trapped in a hop press while operating at a depot run by UK Hops in Suffolk.
As a result of this incident, the worker required three surgical procedures aimed at repairing the damage, but it is believed he will never regain full use of the arm.
A case at Lowestoft Magistrates' Court saw the company admit to breaking a clause of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, meaning that the man may now be eligible to seek damages through a civil claim.
This comes shortly after an employee in nearby Thurrock was crushed by a concrete beam at a building site in an accident in which the Health and Safety at Work 1974 Act was breached.
Posted by Patrick White
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