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May 6, 2015

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Street Fuel Limited fined for unsuitable machine guarding

Street Fuel Limited, a recycling company from London, has been sentenced after a worker sustained arm injuries whilst working on a baler machine.

At Medway Magistrates’ Court it was heard how an operative employee of Street Fuel Limited noticed a problem with the needle at the rear of the baler machine. The machine did not have suitable guarding of dangerous parts and the employee reached through the gap in the guards to pull off a hanging wire. At the same time the machine bed moved forward and trapped his arm between the moveable bed and the side of the machine.

The court heard that it was common practice for employees to put their hands through gaps in the guarding to solve issues with the closest needles on the machine as it saved time turning off the machine.

The incident, which occurred on 7 January 2014, was investigated by HSE who prosecuted the company for safety failings.

Street Fuel Limited, of Museum Street London, pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £25,000 with £893 costs and a victim surcharge of £120.

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