Manufacturing firm fined after worker’s arm injured in roller

A Wirral based company has been fined £170,000 after a worker’s arm was injured in machinery.

Warwick Crown Court heard how an installation engineer of Sovex Limited suffered a broken arm when it was pulled into machinery at the UK Mail site in Coventry, where he was commissioning a new conveyor belt system.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 21 January 2015, found there was a lack of effective guarding and isolation procedures on the machinery.

Sovex Limited, of Prenton Business Park, Prenton Way, Prenton, Wirral, were found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £170,000 with £24,000 costs.

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  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.
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