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Diecaster pays £140k after worker burned by molten metal

A high-pressure aluminium diecaster based in Manchester has been sentenced after a worker sustained fourth degree burns while carrying out a routine procedure. Presbar Diecastings had ignored the findings of its risk assessment for the machine

Diecaster pays £140k after worker burned by molten metal
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 A Presbar employee was removing metal build-up from the diecasting machine on 7 July 2015. This required him to stand in the middle of the machine, between the furnace pot and the front bar. 
 
The machine’s robot arm was holding a ladle filled with 400°C molten metal. It moved, trapping the worker. He had a cardiac arrest and sustained fourth degree burns.
 
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had only part guarded the machine, despite having carried out a risk assessment prior to the accident that identified contact with the ladle and entrapment as potential hazards. 
 
Presbar Diecasting pleaded guilty to breaching reg 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, which covers preventing access to dangerous parts of machinery. It was fined £140,000 at Manchester Crown Court and ordered to pay £9,789 in costs.

 

Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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  • The FFI should be published

    Permalink Submitted by Beagle on 1 September 2016 - 12:06 pm

    The FFI should be published as well as the court costs because this essentially is part of the punishment and is relevant as a cost. FFI (non court costs)+Court Costs+Fine

    This company has a 10m turnover so the fine seems inexplicably low - the analysis should be published

    400 degrees Celcius seem low for molten metal as aluminium does not melt until over 600 degrees

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