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A number of workers may choose to launch claims after their employer was fined for a catalogue of safety failings.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Universal Recycling in Rotherham - the firm also has another site in Lancashire - showed a "blatant disregard" for employees by not protecting them against dangerous cutting and crushing equipment.
Such was the scale of the problem that immediate enforcement action was taken, with three Prohibition Notices issued.
Inspector Denise Fotheringham stated: "Failure to guard machines to acceptable standards results in disabling and even fatal incidents every year."
She added the company had previously been given detailed advice on how they could correct the safety failings at the company.
HSE figures show that the fatal and major injury rate in the waste and recycling sector is four times the average of all other industries.
In 2009-10, three people were killed and 530 suffered serious injuries while working in it.
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