Firm fined £10,000 after man injured

A Langley Mill window manufacturer has been fined £10,000 after an employee’s arm was dragged into a poorly guarded machine.

Wayne Marshall, 29, of Eastwood, was using a corner cleaning machine at Frame Trade UK when the incident happened in May 2010.

A build-up of plastic debris had covered a sensor and prevented the machine from operating correctly.

Mr Marshall went inside the machine to clear the sensor of debris, but his sleeve got caught on a high speed cutter that is used to remove surplus plastic.

He suffered serious lacerations to his left forearm, damaged tendons on two fingers and was off work for several weeks.

He has since returned to work for a different company.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and found the machine wasn’t adequately guarded and Mr Marshall had not been shown how to correctly isolate the power to the machine.

Speaking after a court hearing last week HSE inspector Berian Price said: “Employers have a duty to make sure machinery is adequately guarded so that staff cannot access dangerous moving parts.

“Although the corner cleaning machine had side panels, these were not fixed in place and staff were able to easily remove them or, if they had already been removed, just reach straight in.

“Mr Marshall had not been shown how to correctly isolate the power to the machine so that cleaning activity could be carried out safely.

“He was not aware of the dangers and suffered some particularly nasty injuries as a result.”

Frame Trade UK Ltd, of Joshua Business Park, Cromford Road, pleaded guilty to the breaches and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £6,541.

Since the incident the company has bought a new machine with interlocked guards.