A MOTOR parts company has been fined more than £100,000 after a worker suffered serious injuries when his arm was pulled into a industrial machine.

A 59-year-old worker’s arm was pulled into a machine when he was applying an emery cloth to a lathe by hand. He suffered serious arm injuries, Manchester Magistrates Court heard.

Jost (UK) Limited will have to pay a £134,000 fine plus £4,572 costs after the accident which happened June 8, 2017 at the firm in Nelson Street.

HSE inspector Caroline Shorrock said: “This injury could have been easily prevented by identifying and implementing safe working practices when using this machine.”

The worker, who has not been named, had been trying to smooth down the shaft of a boring bar by hand when the accident happened.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Jost (UK) Limited had not provided instructions to employees that prohibited application of emery cloth by hand to metalworking lathes.

The company had also failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, and there was no safe system of work in place.

The company manufactures lifting and handling equipment in the wholesale trade of motor vehicle parts and accessories.

Jost (UK) Limited of Nelson Street, Bolton, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £134,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,572.

The company was formerly known as Edbro, founded in 1916 and developed hydraulic cylinders and systems for commercial vehicles.

It was taken over from the French firm Caravelle by the German firm Jost, in 2012. At the time the company was reported to employ 200 staff. Jost had sales and production facilities in 18 countries and the takeover promised to access new markets and grow sales faster. In 2017, four months after the serious accident at work, a new managing director was appointed. Neil Williams , aged 56, is MD, based at the Nelson Street factory.

Last year a new company secretary, Paul Smalley was appointed.

Last year, accounts filed at Companies House show Jost (UK) made a loss of £2,879,000.

The firm was unavailable for comment.