Friday 4 October 2013

Conveyor manufacturer fined following loss of three fingers

Armistead Engineering Ltd, a conveyor supplier, has been fined £12,380 (inc. costs) after a worker severed three fingers in an unguarded machine.
The circumstances were:
  • The accident occurred on a conveyor on 9 March 2012.
  • The conveyor had inadequate guarding over the drive mechanism.
  • A worker was attempting to clear some blocked wood from the conveyor 
  • As he did so his right hand came into contact with the sprockets and chains that drove the belt and he severed parts of his middle, ring and little finger.

The HSE inspector said:
"This incident could have been so easily prevented had the company not failed in their duties to ensure the machinery was safe. Armistead Engineering should have supplied adequate guarding with the machine and ensured workers did not have access to the dangerous moving parts of the conveyor. Sadly, because they didn't do this a man suffered painful, life-changing injuries."

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