Worker suffers serious arm injury but lucky to be alive

Workers arm injury could lead to compensation claim 2808

A man who suffered serious arm injuries in a work accident could claim compensation from his former employers.

The 33-year-old machine plant operator, who wishes to remain anonymous, was badly hurt after a personal injury on November 8th 2012 at Coleman and Company's site in Meriden, Warwickshire.

At the time of the accident the West Bromwich-based employee was working on a conveyor belt when his right arm was pulled in between the metal rollers and the conveyor belt.

Luckily for the man, colleagues saved his life by stopping the machine, applying first aid and phoning for an ambulance straight away. The injured man was rushed to hospital, where it emerged he had suffered fractures to his right arm and extensive bruising.

Although the man's injuries were less serious than first feared, he has to undergo multiple skin grafts at his local hospital and has been unable to return to his work.

After the accident the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation where it found the incident could have been prevented as the machine's guards, which were meant to stop such accidents, had been removed.

Coleman and Company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and section 11 (1) of The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

The company was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £1,114 in costs by judges at Solihull Magistrates Court.

HSE inspector Karl Raw said: "This was an avoidable incident involving a dangerous piece of equipment which is designed to crush concrete. As such, the consequences of a person coming into contact with moving parts of the machine can be severe.

"The injured employee was very fortunate not to have suffered even more serious injuries. Coleman and Company exposed workers to serious risk by failing to ensure that the workers were protected."

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