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Cardboard company in court after employee injury

25th October 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A cardboard manufacturer has been fined after a worker's arm was dragged into unguarded machinery at an Ellesmere Port factory.

Prowell Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the incident at the company's North Road plant on April 18th 2012.

Chester Magistrates' Court heard the 29-year-old male had been cleaning around a baling machine when the incident happened, resulting in his hand being crushed and his arm being broken.

Prowell Ltd was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,053 after pleading guilty to single breaches of the  Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

HSE Inspector Lisa Bailey said: "Prowell allowed the baler to operate for over three years without being properly guarded, which ultimately led to a worker being badly injured."

Ms Bailey explained that the company should have carefully considered the consequences of removing the control panel and power pack when it was initially installed, while ensuring the dangers were well communicated to workers.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801653568-ADNFCR


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