Faulty Machine Roller Causes Broken Arm
Second Worker Suffered Broken Hand
In September 2018, Pirelli Tyres Ltd pleaded guilty to two breaches of regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £512,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £5,820 to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
There were two incidents that occurred. On 29 November 2013, an employee of Pirelli Tyres Ltd broke his arm after a roller in the machine pulled him in. On 31 August 2015, the same roller pulled in another employee causing the employee to break his hand.
An investigation by the HSE found that the machine, which was manufactured by Pirelli, was not properly guarded despite the first incident.
These types of case highlight the importance of re-risk assessing, learning lessons post incident and recording incidents and near misses.
CP Environmental Limited pleaded Guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 and was fined £34,000 and ordered to pay costs of £19,226.35 after an employee sustained serious injuries to his foot while adjusting a waste shredding machine.
The company did not have any effective supervision in place to ensure that operators were following safe procedures. The company had no monitoring arrangements in place which may have highlighted to them that there were problems with the application of the systems of work, training and supervision. Had employees been trained to operate the machine safely, they would not have been on the machine before testing the powered rotation of the shredder.
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