Employers are being reminded that failing to ensure workplace safety could result in fines and injury compensation claims after an industrial worker in Chester cracked his ribs.
Stephen Shore was trying to clear debris from a conveyor belt at Calder Industrial Materials when he became trapped, sustaining crush injuries that included cracked ribs and severe bruising.
There were no fixed guards or locked gates to prevent access to the machinery, which led the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to prosecute Calder Industrial Materials, which incurred a fine of GBP 4,500.
"This case should act as a reminder to employers of the importance of safety in the workplace," commented HSE inspector Bruce Jones.
"Effective measures must be put in place to prevent serious injuries from dangerous machinery."
The incident follows news that Tetrosyl in Bury has been fined GBP 50,000 after an employee lost three fingers in a work injury involving unguarded machinery.