Waste Recycling Company pleads guilty and receives significant fine and costs after serious injury 

Recycling company fined £1.275 Million after employee has arm amputated

Mid UK Recycling Ltd a waste recycling company has been fined following line operator employee’s injury which led to his left arm being amputated above the elbow. On the day of the incident there was blockages on the employees’ line and the waste had become wrapped around an axle which led to stoppage of the lower conveyor. While trying to remove the waste the employees’ glove was dragged into the in running nip between the belt and the powered roller of the conveyor.

Following the incident, the Health and Safety Executive completed an investigation which revealed that the company had failed to prevent access to the dangerous parts of the machine.

The company was summoned to Lincoln Crown Court and pleaded guilty to a breach of section 2 of the health and safety at work etc Act and was fined £1.275 million and ordered to pay costs of £45,065.59.

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