Employers are being advised to avoid the risk of injury compensation claims and fines for failing to ensure employee safety after a quarry worker became trapped in the drum of a conveyor.
Michael Snaith was employed at Calstron Quarry in Northumberland when he tripped on a piece of metal while checking the head drum area of the main incline conveyor.
He fell into the belt area, where his right arm became dragged into the belt mechanism up to the shoulder.
North East Concrete and North East Plant Sales in Newcastle were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for inadequate guarding on a dangerous piece of equipment and forced to pay fines totaling GBP 8,333.
"In quarries and other hard environments, the machines are powerful and unforgiving," commented HSE inspector Bruno Porter.
"The guarding and other safety arrangements must be checked regularly."
The incident follows the prosecution of a West Yorkshire printing firm after a visiting driver suffered injuries when he was struck by a moving reel of paper.