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Failed paper recycler fined £42,000 after workers injured

A failed waste paper company has been fined for safety failings that led to two workers sustaining arm injuries in separate incidents.

The Ideal Waste Paper Company was fined £42,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £5,551 after pleading guilty to three charges.

Bromley Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 10 March 2014, an employee of the Swanley-based firm got his arm entangled in the roller and belt of a conveyor.

On 16 July 2014, another employee was injured when his arm was drawn into the same conveyor.

The company reported the July incident more than three months later when asked by the inspector after failing to do so initially via the RIDDOR reporting system.

It was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive and pleaded guilty to Regulation 11(1) and 19(3) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 4 of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.

The family-run business entered liquidation in November 2014 when Moorfields Corporate Recovery was appointed liquidators. All 35 members of staff were made redundant.

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