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Recycling firm fined after worker injured in shredder

Date:
21 October 2016

A Kent based recycling company has been fined after a worker was injured whilst repairing a shredder.

Maidstone Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 7 October 2013, a plant mechanic employed by Countrystyle Recycling Limited was in the process of repairing a shredding machine after the metal plate forming the roof of the hammer drum had become detached. The worker was kneeling on a conveyor belt inside the shredder when it restarted and he was thrown from the machine. He suffered a fractured right leg and left arm.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company did not have adequate or suitable systems in place to protect the health and safety of their employees, including failing to enforce the ‘safe stop’ process which should be followed when using dangerous machinery. The company had allowed unchallenged poor practice to become the norm.

Countrystyle Recycling Limited of Ashford Road, Lenham, Maidstone, Kent, was fined £300,000 and ordered to pay £8,903 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

For more information about work equipment machinery visit HSE’s website at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/planning-organising-lifting-operations.htm 

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive 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: legislation.gov.uk/
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