A company from Dorset has been penalised following an accident at work which resulted in a man's arm being crushed in machinery.
Aden Pro Form Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as a result of the incident, which occurred in April 2009 at a workshop in Westminster Road, Wareham.
Worker David James, 34, and a colleague were working on a machine producing flashings at the premises, where the company had developed a system of working, whereby employees helped guide the metal sheets into the press brake by hand from the back of the machine, working within the fence guard.
Although the press brake is intended to work without the need for anyone to manually feed the metal through from the back of the machine, the company thought it would be easier and produce a better quality product if they did so in this manner.
However, as the press brake started, Mr James' arm was in the six-inch gap and was trapped as the aperture closed, crushing it.
At a hearing, Bournemouth Crown Court heard how Mr James had to be sent straight to hospital as a result of the accident, and that it was over seven years since he or his colleague had received training for the machine.
Aden Pro Form Ltd, of Parkstone Road, Poole was fined GBP 15,000 and ordered to pay GBP 17,104 in costs in the case brought by the HSE, after pleading guilty to a breach of Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector David Bell, said the company could have prevented this incident by ensuring all staff were carrying out their work safely, particularly on potentially dangerous machinery.
"Mr James has suffered significant pain and has had to leave the metal fabrication industry. Employers must ensure their staff training is up to date and safe systems of work are used at all times," he added.
"Dangerous practices such as this must be stopped before other serious injuries, or a fatality, result."
Posted by Trevor Baker