Toilet roll firm fined after worker's hand crushed
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
A toilet roll manufacturer has been fined £10,000 after a worker had his hand crushed in a rewinding machine, highlighting the importance of warning signs.
The 43-year-old employee of Neath-based Intertissue was helping his supervisor clear paper that had got stuck to the steel roller of the machine, which is used to layer tissue paper.
Neath Port Talbot Magistrates' Court heard an air gun was used to clear the paper and pull it free. The supervisor, who was at the controls of the machine, then pressed a button which makes the rollers move at a reduced speed.
The employee's hand was caught between the upper and lower rollers of the machine; three fingers of his left hand were crushed, causing permanent damage.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Intertissue failed to take measures to prevent access to a dangerous part of machinery.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Stuart Charles said the accident was entirely preventable.
"Intertissue failed in its duty to ensure workers were able to operate machinery safely in their day-to-day roles. This is a well known hazard throughout the industry and had suitable measures been in place this incident would not have happened," he said.
Last year, a similar incident happened at the premises of a Oxfordshire printing firm. An employee of BenhamGoodHeadPrint was clearing out booklets that had jammed in a stacker machine when it started up, dragging his thumb underneath a roller.
The firm was fined £4,000.
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