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The Health and Safety Executive has successfully prosecuted a waste management and recycling company after an accident at work led to an employee sustaining a serious injury.
Vladislavs Golovacs was attempting to clear a blockage from a conveyor belt used to transfer waste at Pinden Quarry in Longfield when his left arm became trapped.
The force of the moving machine ripped the limb from his body between his shoulder and his elbow, leaving him with just a quarter of the arm intact.
An investigation found there was no guarding in place to prevent access to the dangerous parts of the device when it was in operation.
In addition, Mr Golovacs, who was an agency worker, received no training in how to safely clear blockages.
Pinden Limited was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £11,596 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
A similar incident involving labourer Thomas Bird, who had to have his arm amputated after it was crushed by a hydraulic excavator, recently resulted in UK Demolition Services also being prosecuted.
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