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Man loses right forearm in baling machine accident

Waste management company Transwaste Recycling and Aggregates has been fined £12,000 after an employee had his right forearm severed in a baler accident at the company’s Hessle Dock site in North Humberside.  

The company, which was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), admitted to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations at Beverley magistrates’ court and ordered to pay £6,408 costs.

Ray Wright, who was working alone at the time, had his arm severed between the wrist and elbow after he tripped on a scaffold tube and his arm fell into a baling chamber. The court was told that the original protective guard for the machine had been damaged and replaced with a makeshift one.

HSE Inspector Chris Chambers said: “This was a devastating injury and is one that will have a life-long impact on Mr Wright. But equally shocking is that it could so easily have been avoided had the company made sure the dangerous moving parts of this machine were properly guarded, by the device supplied with the machine – not by some totally unsuitable alternative.

Transwaste declined to comment.

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