17/12/2019

Engineering company fined after two workers suffer serious injuries

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An engineering company has been fined after two workers were seriously injured
after being thrown from the chuck of a large vertical boring machine.

Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard that on 5 September 2018, two employees
of Sulzer Electro Mechanical Services (UK) Limited, were standing on the chuck
of a large vertical boring machine at a site in Bordesley, Birmingham, to set
it. The start button was inadvertently pressed and, despite the interlocked
perimeter fencing access doors being open, the chuck started to rotate.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident
found that the interlocks on the perimeter fencing access doors were not working,
and there were no safety checks in place to ensure that the interlocks were
in working order.

Sulzer Electro Mechanical Services (UK) Limited of Camp Hill, Bordesley,
Birmingham pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety
at Work Act 1974. The company has been fined £86,000 and ordered to pay costs
of £2,111.48.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Christopher Maher said "We hope that
as a result of this case, industry will better understand the importance of
maintaining effective control measures.

"It is important that guarding arrangements, including interlocks, are checked
regularly, to ensure that they are in good repair and efficient working order.”

Note
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain's national regulator for work-
place health and safety.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)