Totternhoe Metal Recycling Limited (TMR) has been fined Â£12,000 after a worker was injured when trapped by a crane.
The worker, 40, who does not wish to be named, was delivering waste metal to the site when the counterbalance on a wheeled crane (such as that pictured) used for unloading metal hit the rear door of his transit van and trapped his left hand.
The man lost the top of his thumb and suffered damage to his hand and arm in the incident on 24 April 2014 at The Recycling Centre, The Lime Works, Totternhoe (near Dunstable).
Luton Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday (28 July) that despite skin grafts to his thumb, surgery to repair damage to his forearm, and months of physiotherapy, the man is still unable to use his thumb or grip anything with his left hand.
TMR was fined Â£12,000 and ordered to pay costs of Â£1,889.60 and a Â£120 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974.
The section reads: â€˜It shall be the duty of every employerâ€¦ to ensure, so far as is reasonable practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby re not exposed to risks to their health or safety.â€™
The investigation into the incident was conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
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Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Emma Page said: â€œTotternhoe failed to put in place control measures to ensure adequate segregation of vehicles and pedestrians despite having identified and acted upon this issue at another site belonging to their sister company. Had they done so the injuries to this worker, which have left him affected both physically and emotionally could have been avoided.
â€œWhere duty holders fall short of industry standards, HSE will not hesitate to take enforcement action against those who create the risk.â€