23 July 2010
Firm fined over serious accident at work
A firm has been fined after an accident at work left a man with a number of injuries.
Castle Bromwich, a Birmingham-based automotive firm, was penalised £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,000 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Michael Brewer had his voice box damaged and was almost paralysed down one side of his body after being struck by a robot at the plant.
He had been trying to repair the machine whilst still operational and removed a solid guard in order to get a better view of the inside of it.
While the HSE - the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness - accepted the firm ad a system of work for accessing the machine that required the machine to be put in manual before entering, the process had not been properly supervised and implemented.
Inspectors also discovered viewing the inside of the android in this manner was common practice at the establishment.
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