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Rotherham man injured in horrifc work accident

Ryan Jackson, (25), from Rawmarsh, was working for CF Booth Limited in Rotherham when the accident happened in December, 2013. He suffered a cracked shoulder blade and had his arm broken in three places. The damage was so severe that a radial nerve was “shredded to the bone” and required extensive transplant surgery to try and repair it.
He had been working on his own on the conveyor belt when the machine shut down due to a build up of the scrap metal that had caused a blockage. Mr Jackson was attempting to clear the blockage, when the machine restarted unexpectedly and dragged him in.
Investigations by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that guards had either been removed or were insufficient. CF Booth had no system of checking that guards were in place or that emergency shut down equipment was operational.
Diane Parker, head of personal injury at Atherton Godfrey, said: “There can be no excuse for this accident; it was entirely avoidable. Only months before the incident involving Mr Jackson, his employers had received advice from HSE about safety guards on other equipment at the plant.
“As a result of his employers total disregard for his safety, Mr Jackson suffered severe injuries, and has been unable to return to work.”
CF Booth Limited was found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,595.
HSE Inspector, Carol Downes said: “This was a horrifying incident that has left Mr Jackson with perhaps a permanent physical impairment. It also had a profound psychological impact on him at a crucial time for a young family.
“Employers have a duty to ensure that machinery is properly guarded and should take steps to ensure that guards remain in place. HSE will continue to prosecute when worker safety is compromised.”
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