Fabric Firm Receive Fine After Employee Dragged into Machinery

Fabric Firm Receive Fine After Employee Dragged into Machinery

A fabric manufacturer which is based in Kearsley was fined for safety failings following an incident where an employee was dragged into machinery.
The 25-year-old worker from Middleton who has chosen to remain anonymous was cleaning the inside of a ten-metre-high tower when the machine unexpectedly started. He was then pulled into the machinery up to his left knee by the rollers he was standing on breaking bones in his left foot and ankle.
AMR Textiles Ltd were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation into the incident at the factory on the Europa Park Trade Estate in Stoneclough on 21 June 2012.
Trafford Magistrates’ Court were told that the worker climbed into the tower in order to remove the loose strands of fibre so they did not mix with a new type of fibre that had to be fed into the machine.
A colleague then inserted an override key in order to test another part of the equipment this caused the rollers the employee was standing on to start rotating pulling his left leg in up to the knee.
Results of an HSE investigation showed that the access hatch to the tower had been fitted with an interlock to prevent the rollers from moving if the hatch was open. The company had failed to carry out regular checks on the interlock which was not working when the incident occurred.
In 2010 each supervisor had been given an override key by AMR Textiles following machine changes which meant that they could override the guards for cleaning or maintenance. The court heard that this breached health and safety guidelines because it should not have been possible for workers to be able to climb into a dangerous part of the machinery while it could still operate.
After the incident the company stopped using the override keys and the fibre tower has now been replaced with one preventing access inside.
AMR Textiles Ltd of Springfield Road in Kearsley was fined £8000 and ordered to pay £10103 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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