Monday, July 18, 2016

News: Fine for safety failings at Rotherham facility

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A fine has been imposed after a worker suffered injury when his hand came into contact with a lathe at a Rotherham factory.

Rotherham Magistrates' Court heard how an employee of Rotherham Group Realisations Limited was tasked with turning and polishing metal bars with no specific instructions on how this should be completed.

He was holding an emery cloth in his gloved hand around the rotating lathe when his hand came into contact with the lathe.

He sustained fractures to his right arm, wrist and hand.

Rotherham Group Realisations Limited was formerly known as MTL Group Limited, one of Europe's fastest growing project manufacturing specialists in the metal sector and a global exporter of secondary steelwork.

Administrators were appointed at the Brinsworth firm early in 2015 after it experienced difficulties with a large export contract that ultimately led to losses of over £3m for the first eight months of the 2014 financial year, resulting in cash flow pressures and the need for additional funding.

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An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on September 17 2014 found that the risk assessment for using the lathe was not suitable or sufficient.

There was no written safe system of work for polishing on the lathe.

Rotherham Group Realisations Limited, which is registered to the administrators address of Bridgewater Place, Leeds, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1)of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,316.

The Lancashire-based WEC Group, which comprises 14 companies specialising in welding and fabrication, brought the company out of administration in 2015, saving 135 jobs. WEC Group funded a £1.97m partnership deal to acquire the business and certain assets of MTL which made the group the largest laser cutting operation in the UK's fabrication and engineering sector.

Since the deal, an ambitious programme of investment throughout the Group has been undertaken aimed at increasing manufacturing space and giving room for further growth.

The company, now known as MTL Advanced, has created 55 new jobs since coming out of administration and has invested in a new in-house training school, £1m in new equipment and £7m in acquiring the 300,000 sq ft factory and 30 acres of land.

MTL Advanced website

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