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Crumlin recycling company to pay £11,000 in health and safety prosecution after worker lost finger

Published in News at 08:59, Friday September 14th, 2012.

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A worker lost a finger when it was crushed in machinery as safety procedures were ignored at a recycling centre in Wales, a court was told.

GLJ Recycling Ltd appeared before Caerphilly Magistrates’ Court in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive and were fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The court heard that GLJ employee, Rhys Dee, of Treowen, Caerphilly who was 19 -years-old at the time, was working on a baling machine at Oakdale on April 14, 2011.

He was helping to crush domestic copper boilers in the machine by standing in front of it to pick up pieces of copper and feed them into the baler to speed-up the process while a colleague operated the machine.

However, industry guidance states that only one person should operate the machine from behind the guard to prevent injury.

HSE Inspector, Dean Baker, speaking after the hearing, said: “This serious accident could have resulted in much more severe injuries for Mr Dee.

“GLJ Recycling Ltd were aware of the guidance but encouraged the use of the machine with two people.”

GLJ Recycling Ltd of Fern Close, Penyfan Industrial Estate, Crumlin pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

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