Employee’s arm dragged into conveyor belt

Posted on 11/05/12 in News, No Comments

Employee’s arm dragged into conveyor belt.

First reported by the Health and Safety Executive on the 24th September 2012.


An Ice Cream Manufacturers failures under the Management of Health and Safety at

Work Regulations 1999 have led to an employee breaking his arm and wrist.

The company had removed part of the guard on an ice cream production line, leaving

a gap in the conveyor belt. Therefore when the employee put his hand through the

gap to retrieve some lids, his arm became trapped and was drawn into the machine.

The man managed to free himself but suffered two broken bones in his right arm and

a dislocated wrist, following which he was off work for 6 weeks.

The ice cream manufacturers were found to have breached Regulation 11 (1) of the

 Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 which states that every

employer must take steps to prevent access to any dangerous part of machinery

before an employee enters the danger zone.

The manufacturers had also breached Regulation 3 (1) of the Management of Health

and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 after failing to make suitable risk assessments

of the risk the gap created towards its employees.

The manufacturer was forced to pay £10,000 with £3,294 in costs after admitting to

breaching the above regulations.

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