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Company fined after two workers injured by same conveyor

19 August 2015

A waste paper company has been fined for safety failings that led to two workers sustaining arm injuries in separate incidents.

Bromley Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 10 March 2014, an employee of Ideal Waste Paper Company Limited got his arm entangled in the roller and belt of a conveyor.

On 16 July 2014, another employee was also injured when his arm was drawn into the conveyor.

The company failed to report the July incident via the RIDDOR reporting system, only when asked by the inspector was the report entered, over 3 months later.

Ideal Waste Paper Company Limited, of Swanley, Kent, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive and pleaded guilty to Regulation 11(1) and 19(3)of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 4 of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. They were fined £14,000 on each of the three charges (£42,000 in total), and full costs of £5551.

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