A Telford sand and gravel supply company has been prosecuted, after an employee trapped his hand in a heat-sealing device, severing three tendons in his left hand.
Twenty six year old Jamie Roden, from Telford, was working for the Salop Sand & Gravel Supply Company Ltd and was attempting to clear a blockage on a machine which fills and seals plastic sacks, which was located at a quarry in Worcestershire.
Redditch Magistrates’ Court was told that Mr. Roden had only been working for the company for four months when the heat sealing device, which contained a blade, slammed into his hand when a safety device failed.
Mr. Roden severed three tendons in his left hand and was unable to return to work at the quarry; he has since left the company but has managed to obtain employment elsewhere.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that a machine guard had been obtained by the company but had not been fitted and an interlock system, which should have stopped the machine when the worker opened the doors, had failed due to poor maintenance.
Salop Sand & Gravel Supply Company Ltd of Wellington, in Telford, was fined £3,300, after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.