South Wales recycling firm fined after worker loses arm

This tragic case illustrates the type of injury that can arise when company’s do not have proper risk assessments or safe systems of work in place.

Mr John, from Port Talbot was working for Neath, Port Talbot Recycling Ltd in Swansea when the incident happened on the 11 May 2011.  Mr John had been asked to clean a conveyor belt roller. his particular task had never been risk assessed nor had the Company devised a safe system for cleaning this. As a result the workers had devised their own system.

On the day in question, Mr John had inserted his arm to wipe away flack when a work colleague mistakenly started the conveyor, trapping Mr John’s forearm and amputating it. Sadly Mr John’s forearm could not be reattached by surgeons.

The Company pleased guilty to to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Very often the popular press attempt to trivialize the need for risk assessments in the workplace but here is a tragic example of what can go wrong when companies flout them.