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Crumlin firm fined after worker lost finger in recycling machinery

A worker lost a finger when it was crushed in machinery as safety procedures were ignored at a recycling centre in Wales.

GLJ Recycling Ltd. appeared before Caerphilly Magistrates Court in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and were fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs for breaching the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

The court heard that GLJ employee, Rhys Dee, of Treowen, Caerphilly who was 19 years old at the time, was working on a baling machine at Oakdale on 14 April, 2011.

He was helping to crush domestic copper boilers in the machine by standing in front of it to pick up pieces of copper and feed them into the baler to speed-up the process while a colleague operated the machine.

However, industry guidance states that only one person should operate the machine from behind the guard to prevent injury.

HSE Inspector, Dean Baker, speaking after the hearing, said: "GLJ Recycling Ltd. were aware of the guidance but encouraged the use of the machine with two people."

GLJ Recycling Ltd. of Fern Close, Penyfan Industrial Estate, Crumlin pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.


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