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Worker suffers severe injuries in brick factory accident

A brick manufacturing company has been fined after an employee suffered serious personal injuries in an accident at work.

The 48-year-old had been working at the company's plant in Worcestershire, in the West Midlands, when the work accident took place.

He had been attempting to fix a fault in the machine, which had halted the brick packaging production line. However, as he climbed onto the conveyor belt to carry out the repair work the machine restarted and the man was crushed under a pallet lifter.

The worker suffered a back puncture wound, several fractured ribs and severe bruising. Due to the severity of his injuries he was unable to return to work for six weeks.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that an interlock fixed to the machine's perimeter safety fence had been disconnected.

The company appeared at Kidderminster Magistrates' Court and was fined £20,000 as a result of the accident at work.


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