A flooring firm has been fined £40,000 for an accident which led to a man being off work for 13 months after his arm was trapped between rollers.
Amtico Company Ltd, from Coventry, had pleaded guilty at Solihull magistrates court to failing to ensure the safety of staff who were threading PVC sheets into rollers during a laminating process.
Amtico, based in Kingfield Road, Foleshill, and had a similar previous conviction, was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £8,567 costs at Warwick Crown Court yesterday.
Judge Christopher Hodson said the company had failed to ensure the safety of its work-ers, in particular the safety of employee Liaquat Ali Khan, who was known as Taj by his colleagues.
"Taj was injured on December 10 when his fingers and then his arm were dragged into the lip between two rollers on the laminating machine he was operating while he was in the process of feeding a sheet into the rollers.
"The rollers were hot and they caused burns to his fingers and arms necessitating operations and skin grafts and leaving him unable to work for 13 months."
Judge Hodson said Mr Khan would finally return to work next week, but on lighter duties than before the accident. He said Amtico had breached Health and Safety regulations by failing to carry out a proper risk assessment.
"If one had been carried out, a guard would have been fitted to the machine which would absolutely have prevented this accident."
A machine guard had been considered by the company during production trials but discounted because workers had said that in a previous configuration of the machine a guard had been an obstacle to feeding material into the roll-ers, the court heard.
But the judge added in mitigation that the firm, which employs about 450 people, immediately fitted a guard to the machine following Mr Khan's accident and instituted a safe operating procedure within days.