Factory Machine Responsible For Two Workplace Accidents
20th August 2013
A machine in a Leigh factory injured two people in accidents at work, Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard.
TCB Arrow Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations in its Firsdale Industrial Estate premises at the hearing on July 26th, and was fined £18,000 with £10,984 costs.
The accidents at work nearly led to one of the employees – a 23-year-old man – suffering an amputation personal injury, with the other – who was 24 years old – sustaining a deep cut on his index finger.
The 23-year-old lost 90% of the use of his arm, cannot expose the limb to sunlight, and has required 12 operations, with these personal injuries expected to last for the rest of his life.
Investigations found that the machine involved in the workplace accidents had been poorly maintained, that some safety features were inadequate or absent, that employees had not received enough training and that a safe system of work had not been enacted.
TCB was found to have last conducted a risk assessment in 2003, which was generic. A risk assessment of the machine had never been undertaken.
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