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Chorley healthcare company prosecuted following accident

7th January 2013 | Warning Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A healthcare company in Chorley has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a recent investigation into its machinery.

It assessed Synergy Health after an employee at its Chorley factory lost part of their thumb, discovering that the firm did not have sufficient dry wipes on its machines, while the worker in question had not received satisfactory training.

The company was fined £5,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Christina Goddard said: "This incident could easily have been avoided if Synergy Health had carried out a proper assessment of the risks and made sure its employees were properly trained."

Ms Goddard went on to say it is vital for suitable guards to be installed in machines, as there is a high risk of workers' hands being trapped in conveyor belts.

The HSE has called for employers to take a serious attitude to health and safety, after an investigation by the group found the number of major injuries in the UK during 2011-12 reached 23,000.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801517368-ADNFCR


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