Arm injury at work due to faulty equipment

Severe arm injury may result in compensation claim 2744

A serious arm injury which occured in an accident at work could lead a man to claim compensation for his injuries; as the accident was not his fault.

The unnamed man suffered a badly broken left arm when the limb got trapped in moving machinery at the Stoneywood Paper Mill, premises operated by Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers, in October 2010.

At the time of this accident, the 54-year-old coaterman, who had worked at the mill for 17 years, was attempting to clean the rolls at the coating head section of the company's Paper Coating Machine.

The equipment was not functioning correctly because too much coating mix contamination was accumulating on the rolls and the professional decided to try and rectify this issue.

As the machine was operating at full speed (approximately 300 metres per minute) the man went to the back of the equipment and climbed up to stand on one of the beams on its frame in order to gain access to the rolls.

He then used a cloth and sponge pad to clean the rolls, but his hand got dragged into the machine's moving parts and although he was able to pull himself free after a few seconds, substantial damage was inflicted on his arm.

Due to the severity of his injuries, he had to have two metal plates inserted in the affected limb and he has been told that he will never regain full use of his arm. The man has since returned to his job but can now only carry out light duties.

During a case heard at Stonehaven Sheriff Court, Manchester-based firm Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £75,000 for its negligence.

John Radcliffe, inspector at the Health and Safety Executive, commented: "Although the company had established a safe system of work for cleaning the rolls of the paper machine some time ago, this had clearly deteriorated over time and there was a failure in management supervision."

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