An organic recycling company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee had to have his arm amputated following an accident at work.
The twenty year old worker, who has not been named, was working at Natural World Products, waste composting site in Keady, County Armagh, when his arm became trapped after coming into contact with the rotating drum of a screening machine.
His injuries were so severe that surgeons had no option but to amputate his left arm.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that a safety guard on the machines conveyor drum had been reduced in size, so that maintenance workers could gain access to the machines internal mechanism without stopping production.
Natural World Products Ltd, of Cargaclogher Road, in Keady, was fined £5,000 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, at Newry Crown Court.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector stated that it was essential that companies identified potential dangers in the workplace, adding that maintenance teams must be trained to replace missing or defective safety guards.
Many employees, who suffer life changing injuries through no fault of their own, are often entitled to make an accident at work compensation claim.