Man Suffers Severe Arm Injuries After Machinery Accident At Work
23rd August 2013
A man suffered severe arm injuries in an accident at work involving unguarded machinery, Ipswich Magistrates’ Court heard.
On August 20th, the court was told that Hungarian agency worker Attila Czenge sustained upper and lower arm fractures in the workplace accident, and required two different operations to repair the damage. Mr Czenge had to take several months off work as a result of his personal injury.
He had been working for Indo European Foods Ltd, bagging rice in a Felixstowe premises when his right arm was pulled into an unguarded conveyor and dragged around a roller.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed the conveyor had never been properly guarded since it was first set up in 2006. Furthermore, a 2009 inspection led to HSE advising the company to install guards on the device.
The company was fined £16,000 with cost of £910.65 and a victim surcharge of £1,600 after admitting breaching regulations. Mr Czenge may also be able to make a workplace accident compensation claim against the company.
HSE inspector Saffron Turnell pointed out that 30% of all machinery accidents in the food and drink sector relate to conveyor belts, with around 90% of these accidents at work occurring on flat-belt conveyors.
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