Employee norrowly avoids arm amputation
Two workers were very lucky not to lose their limbs in sepeate incidents on the same machines at TCB Arrow factory. On October 12th 2011 a 24 year old man was cleaning the blade of a machine when he accidentally leaned on the operating pedal. Less than a Month later a 23 year old man was cleaning the rollers on the same machine when his arm became trapped, causing severe injuries. Initially it was thought the arm would be amputated but after 21 operations the limb has been saved but with 90% loss of use.
Trafford magistrates were told that there should have been a guard on the machine to stop accidental operation.
HSE Inspector Helen Mansfield said "Our investigation found TCB last carried out a generic risk assessment for the factiory in 2003, and that there had never been a specific assessment of the machine - despite the risks of workers being injured by rollers being well know in the manufacturing industry.
Admiting a breach of the HSWA 1974 TCB Arrow was fined £18,000 with £10,984 prosecution costs
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