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East Sussex Man Injured After Being Trapped In Machinery

HSE Investigate Incident At Scrapyard


The Health and Safety Executive is investigating an industrial accident in East Sussex in which a mean at a scrapyard suffered serious leg injuries.

A 40-year-old worker has been hospitalised following the work accident which saw the man’s legs become trapped in a car-crushing machine at Hole Farm in Westfield, near Hastings.

Three people have also been treated for shock following the incident earlier this week, while police and the HSE have confirmed they are considering what happened.

The site has been closed as investigations continue.

David Urpeth, national head of workplace injuries at Irwin Mitchell, said the investigation clearly has a number of questions to address.

He outlined: “While only a handful of details have yet been announced as to how the man came to be seriously injured, it is vital that authorities provide answers on how the employee came to be trapped in the machinery.

“Such information is vital as it could play a vital role in identifying if any safety failing could have been responsible and whether lessons can be learnt which will ensure no one else suffers in the same manner.

“Our work has shown that accidents in the workplace can often have a devastating, life-changing impact on victims, so it is key that reassurances can be provided that the same problems will not be seen in the future.”