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    ARM DRAGGED INTO CONVEYOR BELT DANGER

    Workman seriously injured on first day at work in quarry

    A quarry operator has been fined after failing to keep fixed guards in place on moving machinery, causing serious injuries to the arm of an employee in December 2016.

    Telford Magistrates’ Court heard how the new employee was injured on his first day working at the quarry. His arm became caught and dragged into the ‘nip point’ between the conveyor belt and rotating tail drum.

    The injuries suffered resulted in the need for multiple skin graft operations and has left him with permanent scarring on his arm.

    Risk identified months before incident

    HSE investigators found the company failed to ensure that the fixed guards were effective to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery, despite this risk having been identified several months before the incident.

    • Tudor Griffiths Limited – of Wood Lane, Ellsmere, Shropshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety Executive etc Act 1974 and has been fined £44,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,866.05.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Simon Edwards said

    “This could have easily been prevented and the risk should have been identified.

    Entanglement in conveyor systems is a significant cause of serious incidents in the quarry industry. Quarry operators should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery.”

     

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