Work accident news
Ex-soldier loses arm in horrific industrial accident
A 34-year-old ex-soldier has suffered a horrific industrial accident while at work.
The man who served in Bosnia and returned to England unharmed has subsequently been maimed for life in a work related accident. The incident took place at a recycling plant in East Yorkshire where he was working.
The accident occurred when the man tripped and fell in front of a baling machine, as he put his hand out for support it went straight into the machine causing his right arm to be severed just below the elbow.
Beverley Magistrates' Court heard how the man underwent several failed attempts to re-attach the arm in surgery and is now left wearing a prosthetic limb.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation discovered that the original safety guards designed for the baling machine had been replaced and the substitutes did not prevent access to the machine when in operation.
The recycling plant was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £6,408 in court costs after admitting to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.
It has not been reported whether the personal injury victim will be pursuing an industrial accident compensation claim.