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Waste and recycling centre fined after worker injures hand on conveyor

Date:
2 December 2015

A waste and recycling centre was fined after a worker was injured after his hand was drawn into an in running nip point on a waste transport conveyor.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Recycling Lives Limited of Preston was working in a waste sorting area, picking waste from a conveyor. During a machine stoppage Richard Painter, 35, cleaned some waste from the conveyor when it restarted and his hand was drawn into a running nip between the conveyor. He suffered a broken right forearm and three crushed fingers.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 6 February 2015, found that there was no evidence of preventative measures taken by the company to ensure that the machine was adequately guarded.

Recycling Lives Limited, of Essex Street, Preston, was fined a total of £10,000, with costs of £1,184 after pleading guilty to offences under Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Steven Boyd said: “This was a readily preventable incident. The dangers of nip points, or the gaps between a moving belt and a stationary part of a machine, are well known. The injuries still cause Mr Painter problems ten months after the incident..”

For more information about safety in the waste and recycling industry visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/waste/machinery.htm

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
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