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EXCLUSIVE: Man loses hand at barracks housing Royal Horse Artillery

September 29, 2018

ACCIDENT: The barracks is home to the Royal Horse Artillery seen here on Trooping the Colour 

A MAN's hand was ripped off as he cleared a blockage in a boiler at the barracks which is home to the Royal Horse Artillery, it has emerged.

Memed Felou Abadja was working on a green energy biomass boiler when he lost the hand on August 11 last year at the King's Troop Barracks in Woolwich, south London.

SCENE: The barracks where the accident happened

Details emerged as his employer Morgan Sindall, one of the country's biggest construction firms, was charged with a health and safety breach by the Health and Safety Executive.

The charge reads: "You failed to ensure, where work to clear a blockage in the Kings Troop

BUILDER: Morgan Sindall is one of the UK's biggest construction firms 

Barracks biomass boiler was taking place, that measures were taken to prevent access to a dangerous part of the biomass boiler pusher unit, specifically the hydraulic ram, and that your employee Mr Memed Felou Abadja suffered a hand amputation as a result on an activation of the hydraulic ram, whereby you are guilty of an offence."

At a brief hearing at Westminster magistrates Court this week the firm entered no plea and the case was adjourned.

The company could face an unlimited fine if found guilty.

 

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