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Morgan Est fined £6,000 after worker loses arm

31 Mar 10 Morgan Est has been fined £6,000 after an accident which saw an employee lose his arm at a sewage works.

Morgan Est has been fined £6,000 after an accident which saw an employee lose his arm at a sewage works.

The Morgan Sindall civil engineering subsidiary pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations after the incident at a Huddersfield Waste Water treatment works in March 2008.

The contractor was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,163 at Huddersfield Magistrates Court.

The court heard that on 12 March, an engineer employed by Morgan Est lost his right arm after coming into contact with a rotating screw conveyor on a newly installed piece of equipment at Neiley Waste Water Treatment, in Holmfirth.

Morgan Est was main contractor contractor for client Yorkshire Water on the refurbishment of the water treatment works.

A new sludge treatment plant had been installed and was in the process of being commissioned when the accident happened.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that a fixed guard on a screw conveyor had been removed to allow clearance of a blockage of sludge.

Morgan Est accepted that it had failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment for the clearing of blockages in the sludge plant during commissioning works.

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