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Kelso company fined following traumatic amputation of worker’s arm

Kelso-based company, John Hogarth Ltd was yesterday (29 July 2010) fined £16,750 (reduced from £25,000 to take account of the company’s guilty plea) at Jedburgh Sheriff Court following an incident where a worker suffered a traumatic amputation of his right arm in February 2008.

The court heard how an employee was attempting to clean a rotary valve four metres above the ground. He slipped and his right arm became entangled in the exposed rotating valve. He was then suspended above the floor as the rotor drew his arm into the mechanism because it had not been isolated from its electrical supply, which was difficult to reach.

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