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A cable manufacturer in Leigh has been fined after two workers were injured in separate incidents involving the same machine.
One of the men involved lost nearly all of the use of his left arm and only just avoided having it amputated when it was dragged inside. Although he managed to hit the stop bar underneath the equipment, it took a few seconds for it to stop.
After members of the emergency services managed to free the man following an hour long struggle, he was rushed to hospital where he had to endure a month long stay.
Doctors thought he would need a full amputation, but they managed to stop the limb bleeding after two days.
However, the worker involved has had substantial damage to his quality of life, as he only has ten per cent of usage left in his left arm and cannot expose it to direct sunlight. The man has also had to undergo 12 different operations for skin grafts, which are incredibly painful.
The other man injured by the machine caught his finger while cleaning a blade and suffered relatively deep cuts, but later made a full recovery.
A subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found it should not have been possible for employees to stand on a concrete ledge under the cable machine, as it put them at risk.
TCB Arrow was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay £10,984 in costs after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Helen Mansfield said: "Two employees were injured within a month of each other because TCB Arrow's health and safety procedures fell way below the minimum legal standards.
"One of the men will be affected by his work injuries for the rest of his life after losing almost all of the use of his left arm. His injuries could have been avoided if the company had taken action to improve safety following the first incident."
By Francesca Witney
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