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Organisation fined after worker left paralysed

5th Mar 2018

Birmingham firm Mercian Recycling Limited has been fined £80,000 after a 24-year-old man became trapped in machinery.

The employee was carrying out routine maintenance work inside a conveyor when the accident occurred, falling four metres when the machine was switched on with him inside. The incident took place on 22 December 2016.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the organisation did not have sufficient controls in place and breached Sections 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Mercian Recycling Limited were ordered to pay additional costs of £2498.34.

HSE inspector Paul Cooper said: “This is a case where the company failed to have in place any controls whatsoever for ensuring routine maintenance operations were carried out without risks to safety.

“It reinforces to companies in the waste industry the need to identify risks to their employees and others and to put the necessary control measures in place.

“The waste industry is a known high-risk industry and for this reason HSE is currently targeting the sector with an inspection initiative to ensure effective management and control of risk.”

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