Leeds Scrap Metal Firm Fined After Worker Lost Fingers

A scrap metal company has been fined for safety breaches after a worker lost parts of four fingers while operating poorly maintained machinery.

The man caught his right hand in a cutting machine at Infinity Metals Ltd in Stanningley, Leeds, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inquiry found.

He “suffered amputations” while clearing metal from a moving crocodile shear on 27 March 2020, the HSE said.

The company was fined £26,680 and ordered to pay £7,000 in costs.

The Chichester-based firm pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act at a hearing at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on 9 November.

The incident took place at its Vickerdale Works factory on Arthur Street, Stanningley.

Following the hearing, HSE inspector Darian Dundas said: “The lack of clear roles and responsibilities, together with insufficient training and poorly maintained machinery, played a significant part in this incident.

“This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply maintaining the machinery in good working order, ensuring that the correct control measures were present, and ensuring that safe working practices were adhered to.”

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Steve Kilburn
Steve Kilburn
I initially trained as an industrial chemist working in a variety of manufacturing environments eventually moving into quality management which grew to encompass environmental and occupational health and safety management systems. I hold a Masters Degree in Health and Safety law and Environmental Law and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Waste Management and I am a Graduate Level Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). In my spare time I enjoy reading, my favourite author is Stephen King, and listening to music, generally from the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
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