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A man from Durham who was injured in a work accident that resulted in one of his arms having to be amputated, has the legal right to claim compensation against his employer.
John Wyatt was employed by Tynedale Roadstone at the time of the incident in 2009. He had been carrying out an inspection of a conveyor area at premises in Newcastle when he fell and got caught up in the snub pulley roller and conveyor belt.
Due to the severity of the injuries his right arm had to be amputated at the shoulder, while he also had to undergo spinal surgery and suffered some other life-changing injuries.
Following an investigation by the Health & Safety EXecutive (HSE), it was discovered no suitable risk assessments had been carried out, the safe systems of work were inadequate, there was a lack of information and instruction for employees and safety locks had been disabled.
Tynedale Roadstone was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay nearly £19,000 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Speaking after the hearing had been concluded, HSE inspector Sal Brecken said the accident was "easily preventable" and so Mr Wyatt's horrific injuries "should not and need not have happened".
These kinds of activities are recognised as high risk within the industry and so proper procedures should have been put in place before any inspections were arranged to protect the safety of employees.
"Safety devices are installed on machinery with dangerous moving parts to protect those who work with them. Companies have a legal duty of care to ensure they are properly fitted and working effectively at all times," Mr Brecken stated.
Now the HSE investigation has been completed, Mr Wyatt may want to launch legal action in an effort to get compensated for the injuries he suffered while carrying out his duties.
Posted by Francesca Witney
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