Worker pulled through 5″ gap

Two firms have pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety rules after a worker miraculously survived being dragged through a gap in a machine no wider than a CD case.

The worker suffered horrific injuries when he was dragged through the machine for processing heavy steel beams at a factory; he broke his back in two places, ruptured his stomach / bowel, shattered his pelvis and fractured both hips, several ribs and his right arm.

He had only been using the machine for several days and was still learning how to use it when the accident happened. Following the incident he returned to work and retrained in a different role.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that there was no guarding in place to protect the worker from dangerous moving parts on the machine, which was as big as several tennis courts.

Both firms have admitted one charge each of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

A 5″ gap!!! Seriously?

Have you got all your machines adequately guarded to prevent this? Are all your operators competent? What about your maintenance staff?

E-mail me today for a free Machinery Checklist РAndrew@spectrumrisk.co.uk

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