Firm Fined $263K After Worker Loses Arm to Conveyor

October 15, 2018

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Firm Fined $263K After Worker Loses Arm to Conveyor

A concrete and clay building products manufacturer in the U.K. was ordered to pay fines totaling £200,000, or about $263,000, after a worker died in a machinery-related accident, Great Britain’s occupational safety regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced Oct. 11. 

The HSE opened an investigation into Fonterra Building Products Ltd. after a worker died on July 8, 2017 while removing a blockage and spillage on a conveyor. The agency said the man was drawn into the conveyor because guards had been removed from the equipment while power was not isolated. 

“This case shows the devastating consequences of coming into contact with dangerous machinery. It is crucial that companies have a clear procedure for isolating machinery and they have appropriate supervision and monitoring to ensure it is adhered to,” HSE Inspector Steven Boyd said in an agency press release. 

Fonterra Building Products pleaded guilty in the Burnley Magistrates’ Court to violations of the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974. In addition to the fine, the firm was also ordered to pay £7529.11 in court costs. 

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