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Company fined £10,000 after cement mixer injury

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company after an incident which left a worker without the use of his hand.

Aggregate Industries UK, of Bardon Hall, Copt Oak Road, Markfield, Leicestershire, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 costs by Leicester Crown Court after pleading guilty to breaching regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and regulation 9 (3) (b) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

Glen Whitelock, from Market Harborough, was cleaning out a cement mixer at Aggregate Industries' cement works on Marion Way, Coventry Road, Croft, on 16 December 2006 when the hook securing the lid failed, crushing his hand.

HSE inspector Elizabeth Hornsby said: "This was an entirely avoidable accident which resulted in man losing the use of one of his hands. Injuries from poorly-maintained equipment remains a significant and regular problem nationwide and companies must ensure that equipment is regularly inspected and maintained so workers aren't exposed to this kind of risk."