Waste Company Fined $23K After Man Injured in Conveyor

October 19, 2018

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Waste Company Fined $23K After Man Injured in Conveyor
A sign marks the entrance to the Loosemores Transport Ltd facility in Shrewsbury. Image courtesy of Google Maps

A British haulage and waste processing firm was ordered to pay penalties totaling £180,000, or about $23,500, by the Telford Magistrates Court after a worker at a facility was injured by a waste sorting conveyor, Great Britain’s occupational safety regulator, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced this week.

An 18-year-old contact worker was attempting to remove blockage from the conveyor system at the Loosemores Transport Ltd site in Shrewsbury on Sept. 27, 2016 when his hand was caught on the machine’s in-running nip. The worker’s finger was partially amputated during the incident and he also suffered a fractured elbow. 

“A young man’s life has been changed because the company failed to ensure there was correct guarding on the conveyor belt,” HSE inspector Wendy Campbell said in a statement. “This should serve as a reminder to all companies to check their machine guarding is adequate and prevents access to dangerous parts of machinery.”

Loosemores Transport offered a guilty plea to charges of violating Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was also ordered to pay costs totaling £2,062.70.

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