A Devon based animal feed manufacturer has been fined after an employee’s hand was brutally crushed in a pellet press, leading to devastating, lifechanging injuries.
Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard that 39-year old Ross Standen from South Molton was attempting to unblock a feed pellet press, which had been switched off, when the machine started up randomly. Mr Standen’s hand was caught in the machine, resulting in horrific injuries to his thumb and tendons in his index finger. Following multiple operations, which included the removal of bone fragments and skin grafts from his leg, his thumb was amputated.
Mr Standen relives the trauma in regular flashbacks and has suffered from insomnia and Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the incident.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there was no lock off procedure or way to isolate the machine at the time of the incident.
Aylescott Feeds and Driers Ltd of Burrington, Umberleigh in Devon pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and have been fined £14,933 and ordered to pay costs of £2,500.