Worker had arm crushed in machine and amputated - leading to Rotherham firm safety fine

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A Rotherham firm has admitted safety failings after one of its workers had his arm crushed in machinery.

Roger Marshall was working at Hi-Tech Special Steels Ltd on Rotherham Road, Dinnington, when his arm was crushed by a machine he was using to straighten steel coils.

The worker had to have his arm amputated after the accident on February 11, 2014.

Rotherham Magistrates’ Court heard the machine was still being set up to draw the steel coil at the time of the incident, and the worker had only drawn two lengths before stopping because the bars were coming out unevenly.

While repositioning the displaced metal he was struck by the clamp head of the machine ‘ram’ which crushed his left arm against the die block.

The company admitted that they had failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment that may have helped to identify the shortcomings in machinery guarding.

Although Mr Marshall was an experienced operator, the training he received did not cover health and safety issues. Had these gaps in guarding been identified and Mr Marshall had been trained for health and safety purposes that accident would not have happened.

The firm pleaded guilty after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the ‘drawbench’ machine to be inadequately guarded, with ready access to dangerous parts.

The firm was fined £10,000 with a £1000 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £2,167 costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.