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A British company has been prosecuted after an employee was dragged into a machine and injured.

The employee was standing on rollers, cleaning the inside of the machine, when it started unexpectedly. “His left leg was pulled in by the rollers … and he suffered broken bones in his left foot and ankle,” said the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The company, AMR Textiles Limited, was investigated and prosecuted by the HSE.

At the time of the incident the employee’s “colleague inserted an override key to test another part of the equipment but the rollers the worker was standing on also started rotating, pulling in his left leg up to the knee,” the HSE said.

The investigation found the company had given keys to its supervisors to override the interlock guard on the machine, the guard had not been maintained and the guard wasn’t working at the time of the incident.

Since the incident the company had taken the override keys from the supervisors and replaced the machine, said the HSE.

The company pleaded guilty in the Trafford Magistrates’ Court to breaching the UK Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The company was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £10,103 in prosecution costs.

For more details visit the UK HSE.

Published on 16 January 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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