Nottinghamshire-based MBA Polymers UK has been fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £3,851 costs after a worker was injured.
Worksop Magistrates’ Court was told that MBA Polymers failed to take effective measures to prevent access to dangerous moving parts of the equipment at its premises on Sandy Lane, Worksop on 2 May 2012.
A 23-year old worker from Costhorpe, Nottinghamshire had his sleeve caught in a bolt protruding from an electric motor driving an auger spiral. His sleeve twisted so severely that his arm was broken and he has been unable to return to work.
Magistrates heard that a lack of suitable guarding was the main cause of the incident.
HSE inspector David Butter said: “This man suffered very serious injuries to his arm but had he not been fortunate enough to be able to free himself, it could easily have resulted in amputation.
“Incidents involving entanglement on rotating machinery can be easily avoided if suitable guarding is maintained.
“The guarding defects had been raised by employees and MBA Polymers was aware of the situation, so there is no excuse for failing to take action.”