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    ARM OF WORKMAN AMPUTATED IN CONVEYOR

    Major construction materials supplier fined heavily over unsafe system

    A construction materials company has been fined after the arm of an employee was amputated at the company plant in Leicestershire in August 2017.

    Loughborough Magistrates heard that two employees were clearing rock that had built up around a conveyor belt. The belt had become so compacted it was difficult to remove the material by hand.

    Both men went to the isolator end of the belt and removed the local isolation with the guards still removed and pressed the ‘start/stop’ button. On checking the tail-end of the drum they found the rock had not cleared.

     

    One workman went to the opposite side of the tail-end drum to remove the rock and the men were therefore no longer in visual contact.

    The start/stop button was activated whilst the arm of the other worker was in close proximity to the rotating drum and his arm was drawn in to the dangerous part of machinery.

    Failure to properly assess risk and apply effective controls

    HSE investigators  found there was no risk assessment or safe system of work in place for clearing rock safely from tail-end drums.

    • Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK Limited – of Coventry pled guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and has been fined £400,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,945.62.

    Speaking after the case HSE inspector Michelle Morrison said:

    “This injury could easily have been prevented, had the risk have been identified. employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery”.

     

     

     

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