Worker loses toes at brick factory

Grant Prior 3 years ago
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A brick manufacturer has been fined after one of its employees lost two of his toes in a clay-breaking machine.

The incident, on 27 February 2014, occurred at Northcot Brick Limited’s site at Station Road, Blockley, Gloucester.

Stroud Magistrates’ Court heard that a 45-year-old worker sustained serious injuries to his right leg, with the partial loss of two toes, after either stepping onto or falling onto a recently-installed machine that breaks up clay.

A risk assessment had identified that the machinery required guarding or barriers, but these were not yet put in place.

Northcot Brick Limited was fined £18,500, plus costs of £7,500, after pleading guilty to a safety breach.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Ann Linden said: “This incident would not have happened if simple precautions such as putting up a barrier or guard had been in place.

“Safeguards cannot be relaxed because a machine is being commissioned or tested.”

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