Firm in court after worker loses arm

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A Newmarket-based company has been fined £8,000 after a worker became caught in machinery and had to have his arm amputated.

UFAC (UK) Ltd, of Waterwitch House in Exeter Road, was also ordered to pay £1,633 in costs after it pleaded guilty to breaching regulations linked to the provision and use of work equipment.

Leicester Crown Court heard that 71-year-old Frederick Sharp, of Stamford, had to have his right arm amputated after it was pulled into machinery at the company’s plant at Oakham as he was adjusting a belt on a production line conveyor.

He also suffered multiple fractures to his right hip and leg, which required surgery to insert a pin and plate.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive said the company had failed to ensure measures were taken to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery.