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A serious arm injury sustained during an accident at work could lead to a man seeking compensation for his injuries.
Mark Capewell suffered severe crush injuries to his arm and required intensive therapy when the limb got trapped in machinery while he worked at premises owned by Staffordshire-based powder coatings firm Thermaset in Tamworth.
The 21-year-old professional got hurt when he was asked to clear product that had become stuck on the rollers of an extruder machine, which is used to manufacture paint.
He was given a handheld scraper to remove the leftover product but when this failed to do the job, he decided to reach into the equipment. However, due to the fact the material was hot and wet, it stuck to his glove and this led to his arm being dragged into its rotating components.
Following his extensive treatment, Mr Capewell returned to work for a short period of time but later had to be signed off from his job again as he suffered with headaches and pain in his arm.
An investigation carried out by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) established that even though blockages on the company's extruder machines were a regular problem, there was no documented safe system of work for employees to follow when using or cleaning them.
In a case heard at Stafford Magistrates' Court, Thermaset admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined a total of £12,000 for its negligence that caused the work accident.
Matt Lea, inspector at the HSE, commented: "It was not unusual for product to get stuck in the rollers and Thermaset Ltd should have had a written procedure in place for dealing with these occurences. There was a basic risk assessment for the extruders, but none of the employees had seen it."
Posted by Emily Swanson
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