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Issue 369 - 11 April 2013

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Firm deliberately created serious risks

A UK recycling firm has been fined after deliberately bypassing and failing to repair machine guards on baling machines.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it turned up unannounced to inspect Foreman Recycling Limited, on the Merrington Lane Industrial Estate, Spennymoor, on 29 March 2011.

Deliberate bypassing and disrepair of several machine guards on two baling machines was discovered, the HSE said in a media statement.

The company was served with prohibition notices to stop work on the two machines and an improvement notice for machine guarding.

Last week, the company was prosecuted in Darlington Magistrates’ Court. It pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £27,200 and ordered to pay £4,802 in costs.

“The dangers associated with operating baling machines are well-known in the waste and recycling industry, as is the history of serious and fatal injuries resulting from their use,” HSE inspector Victoria Wise said in a media statement.

“These are tremendously powerful machines with a number of mechanical moving parts that have the potential to cause serious harm. Appropriate safeguarding of these machines is extremely important and should include all operations including blockage clearance.”

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