Steel manufacturers fined £200,000 after worker’s hand crushed

In October 2015, a 51-year-old worker (who has asked not to be named) was removing leftover steel from the a machine called a “Koch Straightener” (a machine that is used for straightening steel wire) when he trapped his hand between the rotating rollers inside the machine.

The worker suffered serious crush injuries to his hand, and lost the top of his right index finger, as a result of this incident at Rom Ltd’s site in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

An investigation by the HSE found the company failed to identify the risks associated with workers manually operating this machine, and steps were not taken to ensure the machine was correctly guarded. It was found the company also failed to provide the required level of supervision to this activity, and as a result led to the worker suffering these injuries.

Rom Ltd of Cardiff pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 - Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,200.63.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector David Keane said, “This man suffered a life-changing injury. The company failed to protect the worker from harm, by not properly considering the risks associated with manually operating dangerous machinery such as this.”

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