Cardiff company fined after machine injury

Firms are being warned to make sure their staff have adequate training before moving heavy machinery after a severe work injury in Cardiff.

Pullman Design and Fabrication have been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £27,500 in costs after employee Colin Mark Davies was trapped when a swarf crusher fell on top of him in 2006.

He suffered a number of broken bones, back injuries and extensive bruising during the incident, which occurred while he was moving the machine.

Investigations found that a risk assessment had not been carried out, which could make the firm liable for injury compensation claims.

"There is a legal requirement for employers to carry out full risk assessments in situations where employees are exposed to greater danger," said Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Hugh Emment.

Companies which use heavy machinery have also been reminded of the importance of safe repairs procedures, after a Nottingham employee became entangled in a timber-cutting machine.

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