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Worker injured when entangled in machinery

5 July 2016

An engineering company based in Sheffield has been fined after a worker became entangled in machinery.

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Special Machined Products Limited (SMPL) became entangled with a rotating metal bar being used to prevent materials being ejected from the lathe he was operating. The employee’s jumper became entangled with the rotating ‘stop’ bar as he lent over the lathe to reach spare cutting tips.

He suffered severe trauma to the lower left arm.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 1 October 2015 found that the company had not identified the use of the stop bar in their risk assessment or the hazards it created.

Special Machined Products Limited, of Bessemer Road, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £55,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,107.

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