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Engineer loses arm in accident at work.

A 34-year-old man from Bolton has lost an arm due to an accident at work. The victim underwent an emergency amputation after his left arm became entangled in a machine while he was working for a manufacturing company.

The man had been repairing a conveyor belt at an outlet store in Ashton under Lyne when the serious injury took place. His sleeve got caught in the belt and his arm was pulled through a set of rollers.

At Tameside Magistrates' Court, the company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was ordered to pay more than £15,000. It admitted it could not prove that staff had attended all necessary safety training sessions.

The chairman of the bench explained that there had been flaws in the procedures which led to the accident at work suffered by their employee.

Now that liability for the workplace accident has been established, the victim may wish to seek compensation from the company.


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