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Staffordshire company fined after worker suffers serious crush injuries

Date:
17 January 2018

An engineering metal fabrication company has been fined after an employee suffered serious crush injuries.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee at Interdri Engineering Services (a trading name of Berryville Ltd) suffered serious injuries when his left hand was drawn into the rollers of a 3-roll bending machine. He suffered life changing injuries which required surgical amputation of parts of two fingers.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Interdri Engineering failed to properly understand and control the risks associated with the bending machine. The investigation also found that there were no instructions on how to work the machine safely and employees were not adequately training or supervised.

Berryville Ltd (trading as Interdri Engineering) of Lowfield Drive, Wolstanton, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £587.40.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Marie-Louise Riley-Roberts said: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to assess risk and devise safe methods of working in which their employees should then be trained. “If Interdri Engineering Services had ensured their employees were following to a safe system of work, based upon risk assessment and had learnt lessons from a previous similar accident, then the life changing injuries sustained by this worker could have been prevented.”

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