Posted on 02/14/12 in News, No Comments

Betafence Ltd of Shepcote Lane, Sheffield, have been fined and prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following a serious accident where a worker dislocated his left elbow and parts of his skin ripped of when he was working on a machine block in August 2009.

The worker was repairing the machinery after a wire broke in one of the four rotating blocks of a wire drawing machine.

Each block should have a moveable guard fitted with an interlocking device, which should switch off power to the block when the guard is moved out of position. However, following an investigation the interlock had failed to break the circuit and cut power.

Therefore as the worker leaned into the machine to repair the wire, it is possible he depressed the start or run switch inadvertently.

At Sheffield Magistrates’ Court Betafence Ltd, which traded as Bekaert Fencing Ltd and Tinsley Wire Ltd, had also been the subject of previous enforcement notices by HSE regarding guarding of machines in 2003 and 2005 plus several letters of advice about machinery guarding.

They were fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £3,762 costs for a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.

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