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Old machines should be kept up to date

15th December 2011 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Firms that use old machines should ensure they are kept up to date with standards such as safety signage, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned.

The advice comes after Crane Ltd was prosecuted by the HSE, after one of its workers lost his little finger and part of the palm of his right hand.

Barry Kelleher, 47, suffered the injuries after his hand was crushed in a metal press.

HSE Inspector Sarah Wadham said: "Crane Ltd should have made sure adequate guarding was in place on its presses to prevent workers being put at risk. It simply shouldn't have been possible for an employee to start a machine while his hand was still under the mould."

The prosecution follows the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents' claim that firms should be better equipped at enforcing health and safety standards.

It stated that health and safety law has not restricted firms, rather it is people's inability to enforce the measures effectively.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801240157-ADNFCR


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