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Issue 373 - 6 June 2013

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Worker’s leg amputated

A UK road worker has had his left leg amputated from below the knee after he slipped into unguarded machinery.

The worker was sealing a pavement on Wilson Road, Hanford, Stoke-on-Trent in September 2012, when he slipped into an unguarded slurry mixer, says the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in a media statement.

“The injured party, a 36-year-old worker from Stoke-on-Trent, slipped as he climbed from a flat-bed lorry which was next to the mixer,” it said.

“He put his left leg down to steady himself but it went through the unguarded opening of the mixer. The moving paddles in the mixer severely injured his lower left leg, resulting in amputation below the knee.”

A HSE investigation found the guard had been removed the day before the incident and not replaced.

Contractor Colin Boon of West Street, Biddulph, was prosecuted in the Stafford Magistrates’ Court.

He pleaded guilty to breaching the British Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

He was fined £6,700 and ordered to pay costs of £8,000.

For more details, visit the HSE

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