A recycling company in Cheshire has been fined £80,000 after a worker was seriously injured by a conveyor.
Chester Crown Court heard how an employee of Nick Brookes Recycling was dragged into the unguarded machinery, resulting in his right arm being amputated at the shoulder.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, in August 2013, found the conveyor belt was in extremely poor condition and access to it was possible because it lacked guards.
The employee was working on a conveyor that transferred waste brought by skip wagons to a picking line.
The court was told the conveyor had been jamming frequently before the incident and there was a lack of information, instruction, training or supervision.
The company, of Wardle, Nantwich, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £13,000.
The Act reads: “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”
After the hearing, HSE inspector Adam McMahon said: “Had the company assessed the risk, implemented the correct control measures and guarded the machine, then the horrific incident could have been prevented.”
MRW has asked Nick Brookes Recycling for a comment.