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Recycler fined £12,000 over worker injury

Totternhoe Metal Recycling has been fined £12,000 after a worker was injured while delivering materials.

After the man parked a van at the company’s premises in Totternhoe, near Dunstable, in April 2014, above, the counterbalance on a wheeled crane used for unloading metal hit the rear door and caught the worker’s left hand.

He lost the top of his thumb and suffered damage to his hand and arm, which required skin grafts to his thumb and surgery to repair the damage to his forearm, followed by months of physiotherapy.

At Luton Magistrates Court, the company admitted breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act, 1974 and was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,890 and a £120 victim surcharge.

HSE inspector Emma Page said: “Totternhoe failed to put in place control measures to ensure adequate segregation of vehicles and pedestrians, despite having identified and acted on this issue at another site belonging to their sister company.

“Had they done so, the injuries to this worker, which have left him affected both physically and emotionally, could have been avoided.”

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