A laundry worker suffered a serious arm injury in an accident involving an industrial ironing machine.
Badrul Islam was injured in the incident in August 2011, at the premises of Exclusive Cleaners UK Ltd. The incident happened whilst he was cleaning the industrial ironing machine. He was using a cloth on one of its heated steam rollers, when his arm was accidentally pulled inside.
The accident caused Mr Islam serious crush and burn injuries to his arm. As a result of the injury he had to have two fingers amputated and undergo several skin graft operations. He has been unable to return to work since the accident.
The Health and Safety Executive only became aware of the accident after Mr Islam began a compensation claim for the arm injury. The HSE subsequently investigated and found that a safety guard had been removed from the ironing machine. It also discovered that Mr Islam was being supervised by a company director at the time of the accident.
The company had a legal duty to report the accident to the HSE because of the seriousness of the injuries suffered. It failed in this regard.
The firm has just been prosecuted for breaking health and safety law in regards to the accident and its reporting. They were fined £5,000 at Southend Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to the charges.