Dutch firm fined after Essex worker's arm had to be
amputated
This sad news comes from the recycling sector, but is an important message for all processes involving conveyor belts (which includes a number of contaminated 
land remediation approaches). The court heard that Mr Ali, of Laindon, was picking plastic off a recycling line which handled old computer monitors and television sets. A pulverising machine
smashed the screens into smaller parts before operators removed materials from the conveyor. Mr Ali had bent down to clear some wire from the ground when his glove became caught in an unguarded conveyor running underneath the one he was working on. He
was trapped for approximately 45 minutes until emergency services freed him, but doctors could not save his arm and it was amputated between the elbow and shoulder.
Coolrec Group BV was fined £60,000 and ordered to pay £22,000 costs at Basildon Magistrates' Court after it admitted breaching Section 6(1)(a) of the Health
and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Further infoamtion at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2011/coi-e-1 ...
Posted: 25/03/2011 By: Professor Paul Bardos



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