Breaking health safety regulations, which led to an agency worker having his arm crushed, has left a fabric manufacturer almost £20,000 out of pocket.

Last November 32-year-old Robert Dunn, from Peterborough, was operating a machine which winds fabric at an E-Leather factory.All three bones in his arm were broken when it was pulled into a roll of material he was working with.

The damage was so severe Mr Dunn now has metal plates holding his arm together. Cartilage in his left knee was also ripped because of the sudden movement caused by the machine trapping him.

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive discovered that the company had poor machine safety guards and an insufficient, unsuitable risk assessment for the site, bad practices which are likely to lead to more accidents at work. 

In front of magistrates in Peterborough, where the firm is also based, E-Leather admitted breaking regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and regulation 3(1)(b) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. E-Leather, of the Kingsbridge Centre, Sturrock Way, was given a £13,500 fine and told to pay £5,000 costs.


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