A worker lost his arm after being dragged into an unguarded machine at a plastic factory in County Armagh.
Twenty year old Justin Guiney was working as a maintenance engineer for Clarehill Plastics Ltd and was undertaking some unscheduled maintenance on a rotational moulding machine.
Unfortunately as he did so his clothing became caught in the mechanism and he was dragged into the machine, his injuries were so severe that his arm had to be amputated at the shoulder.
The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), who discovered that safety guards covering the machines gear wheels had been removed some months earlier and had never been replaced.
Clarehill Plastics Ltd, of Moira, in County Armagh, was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay a total of £1,500 in court costs after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety regulations, following a successful prosecution by the HSENI at Craigavon Crown Court.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSENI inspector stated that the accident had been totally avoidable and stressed that employers had a duty to protect workers from dangerous moving machine parts, adding that maintenance work had to be planned and supervised correctly to avoid serious injury.