A Leigh cardboard box manufacturer has appeared in court after one of its employees almost lost his right arm when it became trapped in a machine.
The said employee was trying to retrieve a piece of card to clear a blockage when his arm was dragged under a roller, causing severe crush injuries.
His employer was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident which found the guards on the machine were inadequate and that employees regularly removed blockages without power first being cut.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Mike Lisle said "This is an incident that could and should have been avoided, but instead one of Leighton Packaging's employees has suffered severe injuries that are likely to affect him for the rest of his life."
An employer has a responsibility to ensure that they have a suitable system of work in place and must ensure that it is not unsafe which exposes employees to a risk of injury. Manufacturing firms especially must ensure machines are properly guarded and that safety systems are in place to prevent accidents occurring.
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Mofozzul Hussain LLB (Hons) -Office Manager (Birkenhead) and Personal Injury Solicitor