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Skip firm directors given custodial sentences after worker injured

East Sussex firm Skip-It Containers and its directors have been prosecuted after an employee got his arm caught in a conveyor at a MRF.

Brighton Magistrates’ Court heard how Keith Randall was injured when he got his arm caught in a conveyor, resulting in serious injury to his right hand and forearm.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 12 February 2016, found the company failed to ensure the conveyor guards were maintained and fully functioning at all times.

The individual directors, Mark Penfold and Rachael Penfold, failed to monitor for health and safety including machinery safety standards.

Skip-It Containers, of The Old Timber Yard, Newhaven, was found guilty of breaching Regulation 5(1) and Regulation 6(2) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £120,000.

Mark Penfold and Rachael Penfold pleaded guilty to Regulation 5(1) and Regulation 6(2) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and were each given a 16-week custodial sentence, suspended for nine months, as well as a fine of £2,293.

Speaking after the case, HSE Inspector Susie Beckett said: “Through their inaction, the directors allowed health and safety standards, including machinery safety standards, to deteriorate to such a point that dangerous situations developed.

“This injury was easily prevented and the risk should have been identified. Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery.”

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