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Gloucestershire paper company fined after employee injury

23rd January 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A Gloucestershire paper company has been fined after a worker's hand was injured in an unguarded machine.

The 43-year-old worker, who does not want to be identified, suffered a crushed hand and cuts and bruises when his hand was drawn between the rollers of a paper coating machine while working for Cotek Papers in Moreton-in-Marsh.

HSE inspector Ann Linden said: "This incident could have been prevented had there been a safe system of work for cleaning the rollers. Cotek Papers Ltd clearly failed to ensure the safety of its employees, with painful consequences for the injured worker.

"The law clearly states that employers should take all reasonably practicable steps to protect employees from harm arising from their work."

HSE has prosecuted a number of firms for safety failings in recent months, with Sherling Steel UK just one of the examples.

The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £7,356 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801527098-ADNFCR


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