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Ayrshire Recycling Firm in Court Over Employee Losing Arm

Posted in: Workplace Injuries 

A waste recycling firm in Ayrshire was in court today (6 October) after safety failings resulted in a worker losing his arm

Steven Dawson was an agency worker who was working as a line supervisor for Lowmac Alloys Ltd, in Irvine when the workplace accident occurred. His left arm was severed at the shoulder whilst he was clearing a conveyor belt blockage on 8 February 2011.

The case was heard at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, where it was described that Mr Dawson was alerted to a problem with the conveyor belt and attempted to fix the problem by unhinging the guard to clear a blockage. His arm came into contact with the belt and pulley of the machine resulting in the severance of his arm.

The firm was fined £118,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 2(2)(a) and (c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. 

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