Sunday, 13 November 2016

Recycling company fined £308,000 for fractured arm and leg whilst working on a shredder

Countrystyle Recycling Limited, a Kent based recycling company, was fined £308,903 (inc. costs) after a worker was injured whilst repairing a shredder.
The circumstances were:
  • The company did not have adequate or suitable systems in place to protect the health and safety of their employees.
  • There was no isolation (lock-out) procedure for machinery.
  • The company had allowed unchallenged poor practice to become the norm.
  • On 7 October 2013, a plant mechanic was in the process of repairing a shredding machine after the metal plate forming the roof of the hammer drum had become detached. 
  • He was kneeling on a conveyor belt inside the shredder without the shredder being isolated when it restarted.
  • He was thrown from the machine and suffered a fractured right leg and left arm

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