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Quarry Fined $39K After Worker Injured by Conveyor

October 10, 2018

The operator of a quarry on the Isle of South Uist, United Kingdom was ordered to play a fine totaling £30,000 (about $39,600) after a worker was injured by a conveyor belt system, Great Britain’s occupational safety regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced in a press release Tuesday.

The employee was performing maintenance work on the conveyor belt of a screener unit at the McAulay Askernish Limited quarry on Nov. 2, 2016 when his hand made contact with a nip point located between the drive drum and the conveyor belt. Severe injuries, including permanent disfigurement and impairment, were caused when the man’s arm became trapped in the machinery.

Investigators said McAulay Askernish Limited did not provide adequate machine guarding on the screener unit, neglected to develop and implement a procedure to isolate the screener. The company was also charged with failing to properly maintain the equipment because the unit lacked guard panels. 

“This injury was easily preventable and the risks from this type of equipment are well-known,” HSE Inspector Mike Tetley said in a statement. “Companies operating belt conveyors must ensure access has been prevented to dangerous parts and that guards are properly maintained. Having a secure isolation procedure in place is also an essential control when undertaking maintenance work.” 

The company pleaded guilty to violations of Regulation 6(1) of the Quarries Regulations 1999.

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