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Company fined after worker suffers crush injuries

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Company fined after worker suffers crush injuries

Posted on 21 November 2017
A manufacturing company has been fined after a worker suffered crush injuries from trapping his hand in an unguarded printing machine.
 
The Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of the company was injured, when his hand was drawn into the print rollers while he was attempting to clean the running machine resulting in partial amputation of two fingers.
 
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, found that the lack of guarding on the machine was the root cause of this incident together with a lack of training and supervision.
 
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1503.05.
 
Speaking after the hearing, a HSE inspector said “This case serves as a reminder to industry that planning and guarding of machinery requires regular reviews and monitoring to ensure workplace safety. The need to review machinery guarding is a positive benefit to improving workplace safety”.

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