Firm Receives Fine After Worker Caught and Crushed his Hand in Machinery

Firm Receives Fine After Worker Caught and Crushed his Hand in Machinery

A firm in Tyneside has been fined after a worker suffered nerve damage when his hand was caught and crushed in machinery. …

David Potts 31 from Stanley suffered severe nerve damage when his hand was caught and crushed in machinery during an incident at Radford HMY Group Limited in Burnopfield Newcastle on 10 February 2012. He was left with no strength or feeling in his right hand for several months.

The company was prosecuted on September 10th by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation which indentified serious safety failings.

Consett Magistrates’ Court was told how Mr Potts was trying to move a component that had become jammed on a shelving assembly and welding machine which caused the machine to stop.

Once he repositioned the component the machine started back up and David’s right hand became trapped between a moveable robotic arm and a fixed section of the machine’s frame. It was caught and crushed for about five minutes before he was freed and taken to hospital.

The HSE investigation discovered that an interlocking device used to stop access to the dangerous parts of the machinery had been defeated this allowed workers to easily enter the machine enclosure while the machine was still running. Radford HMY Group Limited failed to ensure that the machinery and it’s interlocking devices were in effective working order as is required by law.

Radford HMY Group Limited of the Hobson Industrial Estate Burnopfield Newcastle pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £2000 and ordered to pay £5388.30 in costs.

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