Langley Mill firm fined for heated roller injury

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A LANGLEY Mill firm has been fined after a Heanor man trapped his hands in machinery and was seriously injured.

The 52-year-old production operative, who has not been named, suffered fractures in two fingers, a twisted knuckle and burns to his forearms after his hands became trapped in a large piece of equipment containing heated rollers, a court heard.

The incident happened at Amber Composite’s factory on May 28 2010 when he was cleaning the machine as it was still running. One of the rubber gloves he was wearing became caught in the heated rollers and his hand was dragged into the machine; when he tried to free himself his other hand also became trapped.

Firefighters took around an hour to free the man. He spent a week in hospital having skin grafts and stitches to both forearms and then underwent physiotherapy and twice-weekly hospital visits due to the loss of grip in his hands. He was off work for five months.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found there was no guarding to prevent access to the moving rollers and the company had failed to carry out a risk assessment for the cleaning of the machine.

Amber Composites Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching regulations and were fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,603.