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Company fined after worker has hand crushed in machine

29th June 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A company has been fined after a worker’s hand was crushed in an unguarded laminating machine.

The Wellingborough firm was fined for safety breaches after 29-year-old Michael Taylor’s right hand and forearm were drawn into the gluing rollers of the machine. 

Mr Taylor underwent four operations and extensive physiotherapy as a result of the incident, however doctors say it is unlikely he will ever regain full movement in his hand. 

Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court heard that The Paper Pallet Company Ltd failed to ensure a honeycomb laminating machine was guarded and that staff were appropriately trained and supervised in order to use it safely. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found several failings by the company, including a lack of adequate supervision, the machinery being left unguarded at several points and a failure to carry out risk assessment on the machine. 

The Paper Paller Company, of Sinclair Drive, Wellingborough, pleaded guilty to breaching section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety and Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £10,877 in costs. ADNFCR-2754-ID-801607415-ADNFCR


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