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Cannock firm fined after worker dragged into machine

Stakapal Ltd. has been fined after a man was pulled into unguarded rotating parts of a machine.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted storage equipment manufacturer Stakapal Ltd following the incident on 20 December 2010, when employee Adrian Taylor, 41, was working on a multi-roll forming machine, which makes metal shelving components from steel coil.

Mr Taylor was adjusting the rollers to produce brackets from an unusually thick steel sheet when his high-visibility vest and jacket became caught in the machine's spindle.

He was pulled forward into the machinery and sustained a number of injuries including a cut to the back of his head, cuts above his right eye and on his back, a swollen cheek bone, bruises on his right arm and a puncture hole in his right elbow.

The company, of Betty's Lane, Norton Canes, Cannock, pleaded guilty today to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,500 costs.

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