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Dinnington Hi-Tech Special Steels fined for arm crushing

A steel processing company has been fined £10,000 for safety failings which led to a worker's arm being amputated after it was crushed in machinery.

Roger Marshall, an employee at Hi-Tech Special Steels Ltd in Dinnington, was using a machine to straighten steel coils before cutting them into lengths.

He was injured as he tried to move part of the machine in February 2014.

The firm admitted health and safety failings at Rotherham Magistrates' Court.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the company admitted it had failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment which may have helped to identify the shortcomings in machinery guarding.

Although Mr Marshall was an experienced operator, the training he received did not cover health and safety issues, they said.

The HSE said that if gaps in guarding had been identified and Mr Marshall had been trained for health and safety purposes, the accident would not have happened.

As well as the fine, the company was ordered to pay £2167 costs.

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