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    FAILURE TO ISOLATE LEAVES WORKMAN PARALYSED

    Conveyor guards removed before power source isolated

    Forterra Building Products Limited has been fined £200k after the arm of a workman was amputated and he was left paralysed from the chest down after being drawn into machinery in July 2017.

    Burnley Magistrates heard how charge-hand Eddie Ely was working with a group of colleagues to remove a blockage and spillage on a conveyor when he was drawn into the conveyor system.

    Guards had been removed from the machine but the power had not been isolated.

    Clear isolation procedures required

    HSE investigators found that the company failed to properly ensure that machines were always isolated from power, to be made safe, before guarding was removed from machinery.

    • Forterra Building Products Ltd – pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc act 1974. Total fines of £200,000 were imposed with costs of £7529.11.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Steven Boyd said:

    “This case shows the devastating consequences of coming into contact with dangerous machinery.

    It is crucial that companies have a clear procedure for isolating machinery and they have appropriate supervision and monitoring to ensure it is adhered to.”

     

    An identical conveyor on an adjacent machine with guarding removed to show relevant parts of the conveyor

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