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Employees arm crushed by machinery

A Lancashire based environmental services company has been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries when his arm was crushed by machinery.

A 30 year old worker, Muhammad Shoaib was working on a waste line cleaning out waste plastic material from a conveyor belt when the machinery was started and his arm was drawn in between the rollers and the belt.
Mr Shoaib suffered crushed injuries in two places on his left arm and needed extensive surgery.  Unfortunately he has not been able to work since the incident.
The Health and Safety Executives investigation found that there was no suitable and sufficient risk assessment in place which would have identified the risks from the rollers. In addition there was no suitable isolation process or guard in place, and no safe system of work for cleaning the rollers.
Clearly this incident was entirely preventable. If a suitable and sufficient risk assessment had been in place and had been followed, then this accident could have been avoided.
Consillium Environmental Services Limited of Darwen pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £30,000.00 with £4,500.00 in costs.
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