Thursday, 21 May 2015

Worker loses arm in steel straightening machine

Hi-Tech Special Steels Ltd, a South Sheffield steel processing company was fined £13,000 after one of its workers lost his arm following it being crushed in machinery. 
The circumstances were:
  • The accident occurred on a machine to straighten steel coils before cutting them into lengths. 
  • Hi-Tech Special Steels had not carried out a risk assessment and had failed to properly guard the machine.
  • On 11 February 2014, Roger Marshall was setting up the machine.
  • Although Mr Marshall was an experienced operator, the training he received did not cover health and safety issues.
  • He reached into the machine to make an adjustment and was struck by the clamp head of the machine ‘ram’ which crushed his left arm against the die block.

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