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Steven Rowe's arm became impaled by two steel bars while he operated machinery at premises owned by Allevard Springs in Tonypandy in January last year.
At the time of this incident, Mr Rowe was working as one of two operators of a bar drawing line machine when he attempted to fix a problem that could have caused the equipment to jam by adjusting an internal air pressure regulator.
However, as he did this, two bars shot out of the machine and pierced his right forearm, leading to the limb being broken.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) subsequently established that Allevard Springs had failed to take the necessary precautions to prevent such an incident.
Recently, Judith Hackitt, chair of the HSE, said employers should take a proactive approach to stopping accidents rather than a reactive stance.
Posted by Francesca Witney
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