A Devon textile manufacturer that shelved plans to repair a machine’s “light curtain” guarding device has appeared in the dock after a 21 year old worker’s hand was drawn between two rotating rollers.

Heathcoat Fabrics, which makes engineered textiles used in PPE, was fined £300,000 after employee Anthony Seward sustained severe crush injuries as he prepared a stenter – a machine that dries cloth – for the next shift. He did not realise that the rollers were on and his left hand was pulled into the machine. As [...]