A worker at a Dairy farm in Dorset, suffered serious personal injury after his arm was dragged into a slurry separator.
Forty seven year old Andrew James Ray was working for M Hooper and Sons Ltd, at their dairy farm in Winterborne Tomson and was cleaning the machine using a hand brush and a water hose.
Weymouth Magistrates’ Court was told that Mr. Ray had left the slurry separator running, while he attempted to clean two rotating rollers; unfortunately his arm became caught as he did so and was dragged into the machine.
Mr. Ray suffered serious personal injury in the work accident, which resulted in his left hand and lower arm being severely crushed.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), revealed that the machine had its own built-in, self-cleaning mechanism but as this was not working, employees were cleaning the machine by hand whilst it was operational, a practice which the company was well aware of.
M Hooper & sons Ltd of Winterbourne Zelston, in Blandford, was fined £9,000 with additional court costs totalling £1,448, after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
A HSE inspector stated that the company had failed to implement a correct procedure for cleaning the machine and should have maintained the equipment correctly to ensure its self-cleaning mechanism was fully operational.