An engineering company based in the West Midlands has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee came into contact with moving machinery.
The fifty six year old employee, who has not been named, was working on a horizontal borer for MNB Precision Ltd, at their plant in Coventry and was checking a cut he had just made on a component.
As he leant over the machine his sleeve became caught on a rotating machine part, throwing him over the piece of equipment and leaving him suspended upside down, hanging by his belt.
The worker was lucky to escape with only relatively minor cuts and bruises to his right arm, lower back and leg which kept him off work for around a month.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that the company had owned the machine for over fifteen years but it had never been fitted with an appropriate safety guard.
MNB Precision Ltd, of Falkland Close, Charter Avenue Industrial Estate, in Canley, Coventry, was fined £18,000 with a total of £3,356 in court costs, after admitting a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, at Coventry Magistrates Court.
Speaking after the court hearing an inspector from the HSE stated that the worker was very lucky not to have been more seriously injured in the accident, as this sort of incident can often result in a fatality.