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    INTERLOCKED GUARD NOT WORKING TO ISOLATE POWER

    Two workmen seriously injured when plant started unexpectedly

    An engineering company has been fined after two workers were seriously injured after being thrown from the chuck of a large vertical boring machine in September 2018 at a site in Bordesley, Birmingham,

    Birmingham Magistrates heard that the two workmen were standing on the chuck of a large vertical boring machine to “set” the machine. The start button was inadvertently pressed and, despite the interlocked perimeter fencing access doors being open, the chuck started to rotate.

    Safety system checks missing

    HSE investigators found that the power interlocks on the perimeter fencing access doors were not working, and there were no safety checks in place to ensure that the safety system was in working order.

    • Sulzer Electro Mechanical Services (UK) Limited – of Camp Hill, Bordesley, Birmingham pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company has been fined £86,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,111.48.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Christopher Maher said:

    “We hope that as a result of this case, industry will better understand the importance of maintaining effective control measures.

    It is important that guarding arrangements, including interlocks, are checked regularly, to ensure that they are in good repair and efficient working order.”

     

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