A Southend laundry company has been prosecuted, after an employee suffered serious injuries when he was dragged into an industrial ironing machine.
Twenty three year old Badrul Islam, from Southend, was working for Exclusive Cleaners UK Ltd, at their premises on Southchurch Road and was attempting to clean a heated steel roller on the ironing machine, which had an operational temperature of around eighty degrees Celsius.
Southend Magistrates’ Court was told that Mr. Islam was being supervised by a company director and was cleaning the roller with a cloth, when his hand and arm were suddenly dragged into the mechanism.
Mr. Islam suffered crush and burn injuries in the accident and two of his fingers proved to be so badly damaged that they had to be amputated, his injuries were so severe that he was hospitalised for over two months and required several skin grafts.
The company failed to report the accident and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were only made aware of the incident, when Mr. Islam launched a claim for accident at work compensation.
The resulting investigation by the HSE revealed that a safety guard was missing and the ironing machine was being cleaned while it was still operational, despite warning stickers being in place, clearly stating that the machine had to be turned off prior to any maintenance or servicing.
Exclusive Cleaners UK Ltd, of Southchurch Road, in Southend, was fined £5,000 after admitting breaches of Health and Safety legislation and failing to report a serious injury.