A Staffordshire firm who make webbing for harnesses and seatbelts has been fined after one of their employees suffered severe burns.
Stewart Wood was working a night shift at Marling Leek Ltd as a dye machine operator, when some webbing wrapped around the rollers in the machine.
Stewart attempted to unravel the webbing, when his left arm was drawn into the rollers which were unguarded, during his attempt to remove it, his right arm also was drawn in.
A fellow colleague heard the commotion, but didn’t know how to stop the machine and had to find someone who did. By the time they returned, Stewart had suffered skin damage and severe burns.
Mr Wood was taken to a nearby hospital before being transferred to a burns unit in Birmingham, where he was kept for 2 weeks, needing skin grafts on both his arms.
The HSE investigated the accident and found the company had failed to implement a safe working system and fined them £5,000 and ordered them to pay costs of £5,827.
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