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Workers Arm Severed in Quarry Accident

A waste re-cycling and management company based in Kent, has been fined after an employee lost the majority of his arm in a work accident.

Forty five year old agency worker Vladislavs Golovacs, from Gravesend, suffered life changing injuries after his arm became trapped in an unguarded conveyor belt, while working at the Pinden Quarry, in Longfield.

Dartford Magistrates Court was told that the agency worker was contracted to the quarry’s owners Pinden Limited and was attempting to clear a blockage on the conveyor, when his arm became trapped in the moving mechanism.

The Latvian national was left with just a quarter of his arm left intact, after the machine savagely ripped his limb from his body, in-between his elbow and shoulder.

He was airlifted to hospital for emergency surgery but his arm could not be reattached, his injuries were so severe that he has not, as yet been able to return to work.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), discovered that the conveyor system was not adequately guarded, which allowed employees access to dangerous moving machine parts.

It was also noted that Mr. Golovacs had failed to stop the machine when he tried to clear the blockage and had received no training on how to remove a blockage safely.

Pinden Limited, registered to Waldens Depot, of Orpington, in Kent, was fined £10,000 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE.

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