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Waste firm fined after worker is crushed

A waste management company has been fined after a worker suffered severe crush injuries in an unsafe machine.

The 22-year-old was clearing a blockage from a cardboard baler at Bakers Waste Services’ Enderby site in Leicestershire on 27 January 2014 when his left leg became trapped between the static framework and moving bed.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the company had failed to maintain guards and other protective devices on the baler.

Although guards were present, they did not close properly, meaning that interlocking devices and the electrical control circuit of the machine were not properly activated.

Leicester Magistrates’ Court was told that while the worker was clearing the blockage he inadvertently activated the baler and there was no safe system for isolating the power supply.

Bakers Waste Services Ltd, of Melton Road, Thurmaston, Leicester, was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,577 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

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