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Prowell, a corrugated cardboard manufacturer based in Ellesmere Port, has been fined after a worker's arm was crushed in a machine.
This prosecution could open the way for the victim to claim compensation.
Chester Magistrates' Court was told an unnamed 29-year-old was cleaning near a baling machine that compressed waste when his right arm became caught in its inner-workings.
Although he was eventually freed, when he arrived at hospital doctors diagnosed him with crush injuries, including a broken arm.
A Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found Prowell did not carry out a risk assessment on the baler and it pleaded guilty to breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1998 on October 24th 2013.
Executives at the firm were told they must pay £4,000 in fines and £7,053 in costs for the work accident.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Lisa Bailey said, "Prowell allowed the baler to operate for over three years without being properly guarded, which ultimately led to a worker being badly injured."
By Francesca Witney
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