A maintenance worker was seriously injured at the Manchester warehouse of a flooring manufacturer after being dragged into an unguarded machine. A conveyor belt became jammed and so workers removed the attached guards so that it could continue to operate. The 43 year old man tried to stop the belt rubbing using a spanner when he was dragged into the machine, eventually being cut free having suffered a broken arm.

Polyflor Ltd was found guilty, following a four-day trial at Manchester Crown Court, of a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay £34,000 in prosecution costs.