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Environmental firm fined after 'avoidable' incident

A Lancashire-based environmental services company has been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries when his arm was crushed by machinery.

Consillium Environmental Services of Darwen admitted breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £30,000 with £4,500 in costs.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard how in May last year 30-year-old Muhammad Shoaib was cleaning waste plastic material from a conveyor belt when the machinery was started and his arm was drawn in between the rollers and the belt.

Shoaib suffered crush injuries in two places on his left arm and needed extensive surgery. He has not been able to return to work since the incident.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that no suitable and sufficient risk assessment had been carried out at the Tower Road Business Park site to identify the risks from the rollers.

There was no suitable isolation process or guarding in place, and no safe system of work for cleaning the rollers.

HSE inspector Sharon Butler said: “This incident was entirely preventable. It is essential to take effective measures to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery.

“As in this case the outcome for ignoring these simple safety measures can result in life-changing injuries and a substantial fine.”

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