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Employee suffers severe burns

Marling Leek Limited, a Staffordshire company that makes webbing for seatbelts and harnesses, has been fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,827 after employee Stewart Wood trapped both arms in a machine and suffered severe burns. Mr Wood, a dye machine operative, was trying to unravel webbing which had became wrapped around the machine’s rollers when the accident took place. An HSE investigation concluded that the company had failed to implement a safe system of work.

Commenting, HSE Inspector Lyn Spooner said “There is no excuse for companies failing to discharge their health and safety duties, especially when these failings lead to someone being hurt. HSE will continue to take action against those who fail to protect their employees.

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