Skip hire company fined £50,000 after employee’s arm was crushed in a conveyor belt

On 30th May 2018, an employee of Bateman Skips Ltd was asked to repair a conveyor belt feeding the picking station. He was injured when his arm was drawn into the mechanism whilst realigning the belt. The employee was rescued by the Fire & Rescue Service.

An investigation by the HSE found that Bateman Skips Ltd failed to ensure that the workforce was provided with adequate training and suitable safeguards for dealing with blockages and adjusting the equipment.

Bateman Skips Ltd of Bristol pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,205.80.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Berenice Ray, said, “Those in control of work have a duty to assess the risks and devise safe methods of working  to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workforce. Employers must ensure that the power source of machinery such as this is isolated and physically locked off whenever the guards are removed.”

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