23.01.2019

Engineering company fined after apprentice left seriously-injured

An engineering company has been fined after an apprentice was
seriously-injured by a lathe.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard how, on 16 September 2016 in Stewarton, Ayrshire,
the safety interlocks of a CNC lathe were overridden to allow an apprentice to
operate a machine with the doors open meaning he was exposed to dangerous moving
parts. The apprentice was left seriously injured after his clothing became
entangled in the rotating stock bar of the lathe. Injuries sustained include
serious burns and lacerations to his neck, arm and torso as a result of his
clothing being ripped off by the rotating stock bar.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had
failed to carry out the correct control measures and to implement a safe system
of work.

Hyspec Engineering Limited of Rigg Street, Stevenston, North Ayrshire pleaded
guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) and (2) of the Provision and Use of Work
Equipment Regulations 1998 and has been fined £80,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Kathryn Wilson said: "This incident
could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control
measures and safe working practices. Whilst the employee suffered serious
injuries, the consequences could have been so much worse.

"Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate
enforcement action against those that fall below the required standard”.

AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive - HSE