Company pleads guilty after worker’s arm torn off

An earthmoving company has pled guilty to breaching workplace safety laws after an incident saw a quarry worker's arm ripped off.

 An earthmoving company has pled guilty to breaching workplace safety laws after an incident saw a quarry worker’s arm ripped off.

The Industrial Relations Court was told that contractor HF & RG Betts have expressed "great remorse" over the August 2009 which caused the amputation of the worker’s arm, Adelaide Now reports.

Benjamin Henstridge was reportedly working alone at Tailem Bend, in South Australia, when the crusher and sorting machine he was operating began to malfunction.

Henstridge switched the machine on and off again, after which he tried to remove blockage at the bottom of the sorting belt, at which point he right arm became trapped.

"My arm was being pulled in slowly … I started screaming," he said in a police statement that was read in court.
"I was in pure shock, but I felt my arm being crushed. I felt my neck being pulled down too."

Henstridge was eventually released when his right arm was torn from his body.

He called for an ambulance, but found immediate help from a passing car that was more than half a kilometre away.

Prosecuting lawyers said the incident could have resulted in death.

Since the accident, HF & RG Betts have introduced safety measure such as guards on the machinery and no longer allowing employees to work alone.

A penalty will be handed down in April.

 

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