A recycling firm has been charged GBP 8,000 following an accident at work that saw an employee’s hand crushed in a machine.
David Lowery, 49, from Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, was attempting to clear a blockage on a magnet conveyor that separates metal from dirt when his right hand got caught inside the machine.
He suffered four broken fingers and was unable to work for six weeks.
Mr Lowery still suffers pain in his hand during low temperatures and he has still not regained full movement in one of the fingers that was broken.
After pleading guilty to a health and safety offence, European Metal Recycling Limited, of Alexandra Dock 1, Bootle, Merseyside was also ordered to pay GBP 5,506.50 in costs, which could interest those seeking injury compensation for their own accident at work.
Earlier this month, the owners of a Newport-based scrap metal yard were fined GBP 200,000 after a lorry driver was killed by a crushed car that fell 20 feet from a scrapheap.
Posted by Trevor Baker