Firm fined £118,000 after man loses arm in 'preventable' accident
Steven Dawson's arm was severed at the shoulder in the incident at Lowmac Alloys in Irvine.
A recycling firm has been fined £118,000 after a worker lost his arm while clearing a conveyor belt blockage.
Steven Dawson, then aged 28, was working as a line supervisor for Lowmac Alloys in Irvine when the incident happened on February 8 2011.
Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard that Mr Dawson was separating plastic and paper on the conveyor belt when he noticed a metal container blocking the belt's pulley.
When he attempted to remove the container his left hand and arm came into contact with the moving belt and the bottom of the pulley, resulting in his arm being severed at the shoulder.
Mr Dawson was taken to hospital but doctors were unable to reattach his arm. Over the following weeks he underwent two operations and he has been told he needs further surgery to repair the nerves in his shoulder.
He still suffers from "considerable" pain and has been unable to return to work, the court heard.
Lowmac Alloys was prosecuted after a Health and Safety Executive investigation found that more could have been done to prevent access to dangerous moving machinery parts.
The firm was also criticised for failed to provide effective supervision of workers and failing to properly assess risks to employees' safety.
HSE Inspector Mark Carroll, said: "This incident was entirely preventable. Lowmac Alloys Ltd had identified there was a high risk of crushing and trapping in the machinery, however, the company failed to provide interlocking guarding to the gate over the conveyor which would have cut power to the machinery when it was opened.
"Had this been in place, then employees would not have been exposed to the risk from the dangerous parts of the machine.
"As a consequence of this breach, Mr Dawson suffered a horrific, life changing injury."