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    POOR PLANT ISOLATION CAUSED CONVEYOR DANGER

    Arm of fitter trapped between conveyor drum and belt

    A quarry operator has been fined £30k after the arm of a workman was caught in a conveyor belt in November 2016.

    Lochmaddy Sherriff Court heard that maintenance work was being undertaken on the conveyor belt of a screener unit. The belt was “slipping” and when the injured workman leaned through the opening in the conveyor frame his hand was pulled into the nip point between the drive drum and conveyor belt.

    His arm quickly became entangled in the mechanism, causing severe injury, permanent disfigurement and impairment.

    Guarding and systems of work were deficient

    HSE investigators found the guarding of the screener unit was not adequate. In addition, the company failed to have in place a suitable procedure for the isolation of the screener unit and to ensure the unit was maintained in good repair as other guard panels were not in place.

    • Macaulay Askernish Limited – of Hillside Office, Lochboisdale, Isle of South Uist, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(1) of the Quarries Regulations 1999 and has been fined £30,000.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector, Mike Tetley said:

    “This injury was easily preventable and the risks from this type of equipment are well-known.

    Companies operating belt conveyors must ensure access has been prevented to dangerous parts and that guards are properly maintained. Having a secure isolation procedure in place is also an essential control when undertaking maintenance work.

     

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