A Nottinghamshire company has been fined after a 19-year-old employee at Kybotech Ltd, severed most of his forearm in an unguarded machine in 2013.

The employees job was to remove treated wood panels from a conveyor and stack them for storage, using an old glove to manually apply wood treatment to any areas that had not been fully coated. This glove fell on to the conveyor in front of the drive mechanism and he instinctively went to reach for it. As he did so, his gloved hand was drawn into the drive mechanism through a gap above the conveyor chain.

His hand and much of his forearm was severed and it was later reduced further during surgery. He has been unable to return to work.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found a piece of plastic that would have reduced the size of the opening in front of the drive mechanism had previously been damaged meaning the opening was not small enough to prevent a hand from being drawn in. The guarding was also unsuitable in that it was not fixed into position, although this was not the cause of the incident. An inspection revealed guarding on the drive mechanism of two other conveyors was also unsuitable.

Kybotech Ltd, of Sutton-on-Trent, was fined £40,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

This case highlights the importance of ensuring dangerous machinery is properly guarded. Employers are under an obligation to keep their employees safe.

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