Kevin Sharp of Castleford lost two fingers in an industrial accident while working for Allerton Bywater plastic recycling company Regain Polymers in December last year.
An investigation held by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) revealed Mr Sharp had been cleaning a silo at the site when a blockage was discovered in a chute to empty the equipment.
He inserted his arm into the chute to fix the problem, but in doing so his right hand came into contact with a moving stirrer, which dislocated his ring and middle fingers, pulling them out of their sockets and severing the tendons.
Mr Sharp has since had ten operations on his hand, but surgeons were unable to reattach the digits.
The company pleaded guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Friday (November 29th). It was fined GBP 8,000.
HSE inspector Kate Dixon commented after the hearing: “Companies should ensure that the measures they take to guard dangerous parts of machines are effective and maintained in working condition.”
Posted by Wayne Weir
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