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Waste management and recycling company fined 34k after worker's foot gets caught in shredder

A waste management and recycling company was sentenced after a staff member sustained serious injuries to his foot while adjusting a waste shredding machine.

Chesterfield Magistrates Court Heard how on 17 May 2016 a worker was adjusting the shredder to prevent the rotating teeth within the shredder getting more popualr the mesh sieve on the bottom of your machine.

While he was kneeling to the open side door on the machine, employed to access shredder, he used the machines remote controller to rotate under power the shredder. His foot was caught regarding the rotating shredder and the machine bed producing amputation of his great toe or hallux and component of another toe on his right foot.

An investigation with the Safe practices Executive (HSE) found that the business still did not ensure that their employees has been qualified to operate the appliance safely. The firm was missing any effective supervision into position to ensure that operators were following safe procedures.

The company did not have monitoring arrangements set up who have highlighted for them there were complications with use of the systems at work, training and supervision. Had employees been qualified to operate the appliance safely they could donrrrt you have been in the device before testing the powered rotation in the shredder.

CP Environmental Limited pleaded Responsible for breaching Section 2 (1) on the Safe practices at the office Etc. Act 1974 and were fined £34,000 and ordered to pay for costs of £19226.35.

Speaking following hearing HSE Inspector Mr David Keane said “This incident might well have easily been avoided plus it was fortunate the injuries suffered weren’t more serious.

“Those involved with power over work have a very responsibility to devise safe types of working and to provide information you need, instruction and training thus to their workers during the safe system of working, also to properly monitor and supervise those systems.”

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