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Manufacturer fined after worker suffered head injuries

Date:
6 August 2015

A Bath-based manufacturer, Rotork UK Ltd, was fined for safety failings on Thursday 6 August 2015.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court heard how on the 31 January 2014 a 30-year-old worker was struck in the face by a chuck key at their site in Huthwaite, resulting in serious injuries. The chuck key was ejected from the lathe. There was no chuck guard fitted to the machine at the time of the incident.

He was left with a fractured right eye socket, damaged teeth and bruising to the brain that was fortunately not life threatening, although he was unable to return to work for 10 months and is unable to carry out physical sports or drive at night.

Rotork UK Ltd was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £1741.12 in costs and a victim surcharge of £120 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Section 33(1)(c) and 33(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

HSE Inspector Robert Cox said: “Failing to identify appropriate guarding for machines can lead to serious accidents. There are well established standards which Rotork UK Ltd had failed to achieve.” 

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
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