Animal feed firm fined after worker loses arm

Animal feed firm fined after worker loses armAn animal feed manufacturer from Suffolk has been fined after an accident at work led to the loss of an arm for one employee.

Christopher Brennan from Norwich was trying to clear a blockage on a conveyor of BOCM Pauls Ltd site in Burston Mill when his right arm became entangled and was severed below the elbow.

The accident occurred in 2011 and has prevented Mr Brennan from working.

BOCM Pauls Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it was found they had failed to create a safe system for workers to clear blockages, despite the fact they happened regularly. What's more, there were no guards in place to prevent access.

Steven Gill, HSE inspector, commented: "BOCM Pauls Ltd had not provided a suitable guard and the isolator switch was installed in an out-of-reach position. As a result of these serious safety failings, Mr Brennan has suffered a life-changing injury."

BOCM Pauls Ltd has been fined GBP 20,000 and ordered to pay GBP 9,716 in costs.

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