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Milling Machine Accident Leaves Apprentice With Broken Arm

Firm Fined, Employee May Have Permanent Disability


A Bournemouth aerospace company has been fined after an employee suffered serious arm injuries due to unguarded machinery.

Magellan Aerospace was fined £24,000 and ordered to pay £10,157 in costs over the incident, which left a 22-year-old apprentice with a broken arm.

Adam Harris was machining a piece of nylon block an on unguarded milling machine when his right arm was caught around the spindle and cutter.

His injuries caused him to spend five weeks in hospital, and could cause permanent disability.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the history had a history of non-compliance regarding milling machine guarding, and despite Mr Harris' injuries had still failed to put controls in place.

Magellan Aerospace had also failed to identify the risks involved with allowing inexperienced employees to use such machinery with limited supervision.

"[This incident] could have been avoided had Magellan Aerospace fitted interlocks to stop the movement of dangerous parts and properly supervised the work, particularly in view of this young man’s level of experience," said HSE inspector Annie Walker.

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Expert Opinion
Health and safety regulations are in place for a reason and it is vital all companies comply with the latest guidelines so all employees are protected from accidents at work. In this shocking case, a man has been left with severe and life-changing injuries caused by poor health and safety standards.

“Working with cutting machines is very dangerous, yet we often see incidents like this, where measures designed to prevent accidents and injuries are removed or disabled. It is vital this incident acts as a reminder to employers to take their responsibility for health and safety seriously to prevent accidents like this in the future.”
Stephen Nye, Partner

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