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Plastics firm fined after worker loses fingers

A  plastics recycling firm has been fined £15,000 after a worker had parts of two fingers cut off by a high-speed fan.

The employee, who does not wish to be named, was injured as he repaired a drying unit at Roydon Granulation’s recycling facility in St Helens, Rochdale. He suffered serious injuries to four fingers on his left hand including the partial amputation of two while he was trying to fix the problem.

An investigation by the HSE concluded that the firm’s procedure for repairing the machine was inadequate. Roydon Granulation was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for putting workers at risk.

HSE inspector Richard Clarke said: “One of the factory’s employees suffered serious injuries because basic health and safety procedures were not followed. He has still not returned to work more than a year on from the incident.

“By law, the preferred solution would have been for the workers to switch off and lock off the power supply to the fan with padlocks. If this was not possible, then temporary guards should have been put in place. These or other equally effective measures were not taken.”

Roydon Granulation was ordered to pay £4,347 towards the cost of the prosecution in addition to the fine.

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