Health and safety signage highlighted after print worker's thumb crushed
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
The importance of health and safety signage has been highlighted after a printing firm employee had his thumb crushed in one of the company's machines.
Banbury Magistrates' Court heard how the employee of BenhamGoodHeadPrint Limited, based in Bicester, Oxfordshire, injured his thumb in May last year.
The 40-year-old man was in the process of clearing out booklets that had become jammed in a stacker machine when it started up and dragged his thumb underneath a roller.
His thumb was crushed, he needed internal and external stitches and he was off work for six weeks.
Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was found that a protective guard was missing from the machine and procedures to un-jam it were not effectively planned.
The firm has installed a guard over the machine since the incident, however.
It was fined £4,000 with costs of £3,289 after admitting breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
"This incident highlights the dangers associated with cleaning and maintaining printing machines. It is important when undertaking a risk assessment to consider less frequent activities such as un-jamming blockages, as in this case," HSE inspector Sharron Cripps said.
According to the regulator, every year printing firms report over 1,200 work-related accidents, with 200 of them likely to be serious, such as amputations or fractures.
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