Rotherham Magistrates Court heard how the worker was cleaning down a large piece of machinery at a titanium alloy processing plant in Rotherham when his left arm was dragged into part of part of the unguarded mechanism, the belt and flywheel. One of his colleagues heard him screaming and found him unconscious, initially believing he was dead,
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that workers on the crushing plant were required to clean down the machinery after each batch to ensure the titanium product was not contaminated; this placed them immediately next to unguarded belt and flywheels. Although the company had enclosed all the machinery with a fence including an interlocked gate, which ensured that the machinery was not powered when the gate was open, the belt and the flywheel could still move with considerable power if it was caught or nudged.
The worker was 56 years-old at the time of the incident. He suffered crush injuries to his left upper limb so severe it had to be amputated above the elbow. He had previously worked for the company for 24 years but has not been able to return to work following the incident.
AMG Superalloys UK Ltd of Fullerton Road Rotherham pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £240,000 with £22,7941.55 costs.
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