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A concrete manufacturer fined in court may face civil action after a former employee suffered a serious personal injury.
Christopher Fay was using a rolling machine to flatten concrete at Hillhouse Precast Concrete's site in January 2010 when the accident happened.
As Mr Fay completed the task his glove accidentally got caught in a metal ring that connected a roller to a handle and his arm was drawn into it - breaking it in two places. The man was rushed to hospital, where surgeons inserted two plates into the limb.
He then went through extensive physiotherapy and although he has regained use of his arm - it is much weaker than it used to be and he cannot lift heavy weights.
Hillhouse Precast Concrete was fined £10,000 at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court after it pleaded guilty to breaching a health and safety regulation.
Speaking on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Mark Carroll said: "While this offence came about through an inadvertent mistake rather than any deliberate failure to comply with standards, not replacing the control switch with a similar hold to run device, removed its only safety feature."
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