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The Health and Safety Executive has fined a recycling firm in Rotherham after a worker was dragged into unguarded machinery.
Ryan Jackson was working on a conveyor in CF Booth’s metal recycling plant when it became blocked. He was relatively inexperienced and believed that the electricity had cut out when the machine jammed, and that it would need an electrician to restart.
Once Mr Jackson had removed the blockage, the machinery started up again and dragged his arm into the tail drum. This resulted in his arm breaking in three places, his shoulder blade cracking, and his arm being seriously injured.
The HSE investigated the horrific incident and discovered that there should have been a guard over the drum that caused the accident, and that there was no emergency shut off for the machinery nearby. They found that the mesh guard had been removed for some reason, and the shut off cord was not in reach.
The investigation also showed that there were no policies in place to check that guards were in the correct position, or that emergency cords were actually working. The company had previously written advice from the HSE regarding the machine guards.
Mr Jackson has not been able to return to work as nerves in his arm were shredded and had to be replaced by those in his leg. This has meant a loss of feeling in his leg and extensive surgery to his arm.
Employers have a duty of care to keep all employees safe and to prevent accidents at work. In this case, CF Booth did not do enough to ensure Ryan’s safety, leaving him with life-changing injuries and extensive ongoing rehabilitation.
CF Booth has been fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £1,595 costs for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.
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