South West Wales

Tata fined £25,000 after worker's injury at Trostre plant

Tata Steel has been fined £25,000 for safety failings after a worker suffered serious injuries to his hand at the company's site in Llanelli.

The man lost part of two fingers after his hand was crushed in the incident at the Trostre plant in December 2012.

Llanelli magistrates heard the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was insufficient guarding equipment on the machinery the worker was using.

Tata pleaded guilty to three breaches of health and safety legislation.

After the hearing HSE inspector Steve Lewis said the incident was "completely needless and entirely preventable".

He added: "Tata Steel UK Ltd failed to carry out a suitable risk assessment of the equipment their workers were using.

"They failed to provide machinery guarding to current standards, did not prevent access to dangerous moving parts of machinery and failed to provide a safe system for managing and controlling the risks associated with a production line.

"It is shocking that a company of this standing failed to achieve compliance on such a basic level of machinery guarding, thereby putting their employees at risk.

"This case should serve as a warning that HSE will not hesitate to prosecute companies where key safety devices are not fitted to potentially dangerous machinery."

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