Tudor Griffiths fined £44,000 after employee suffered serious arm injuries

Building materials company Tudor Griffiths has been fined £44,000 after it failed to keep fixed guards in place on moving machinery at a quarry, causing serious injuries to an employee’s arm.

Telford Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 9 December 2016, an employee at the haulage operator was injured on his first day at the quarry when his arm got caught and dragged into the nip point between the conveyor belt and the rotating tail drum. He needed multiple skin graft operations and now has permanent scarring on his arm.

An HSE investigation found the company had failed to ensure that the fixed guards were effective to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery, despite this risk having been identified several months before the incident. 

The firm, based in Wood Lane, Ellsmere, Shropshire, pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the HSE Act 1974 and was ordered to pay £2,866 costs. Following the hearing, HSE inspector Simon Edwards said: “This could easily have been prevented and the risk should have been identified. Entanglement in conveyor systems is a significant cause of serious incidents in the quarry industry.

“Quarry operators should ensure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery.”

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Nine applications and decisions from Scotland

Two granted applications for Ferguson Transport (Spean bridge) were among the most recent applications and decisions in the Scottish traffic area this week.

  • BFS Group can base 35 vehicles and 11 trailers at a unit on the Lochlands Industrial Estate, Larbert.
  • BRS has been given the green light for three vehicles at the B&Q Warehouse, Longman Road, Inverness.
  • BDS Plant Hire (Orkney) has been given permission for five vehicles at Blockworks, Quholm, Stromness.
  • Carney Contracts can park four vehicles at a unit on the Mayfield Industrial Estate, Galston Road, Kilmarnock.
  • GPH Builders Merchants can station one vehicle at the RD Equipment site, Broomiesburn Road, Ellon.
  • Ferguson Transport (Spean Bridge) can base four trailers at the Ferguson Transport Store, Mallaig Industrial Estate, Mallaig, and three vehicles and five trailers at the Ferguson Transport site in Kyleakin, Isle of Skye.
  • Bruichladdich Distillery can base two trailers at The Port Charlotte Garage, Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay.
  • Scanstone Logistics can base two vehicles and two trailers at the East Mains of Burnside site in Forfar.
  • Martin Boyle Contracting can locate two vehicles and two trailers at a facility on the Kilmory Industrial Estate, Lochgilphead.

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