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Print firm fined after worker loses part of finger

7th March 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

Polestar UK Print Ltd, a national printing company based in Bedfordshire, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an incident at the firm's Leeds factory on Whitehall Road.

A 55-year-old employee of the company was attempting to remove debris from cogs within a magazine insert feeder machine when the incident occurred. The machine had not been isolated from its power source, and started up without warning.

The worker's hand was caught when the cogs moved slightly and created a shear point. This sliced off part of his right index finger. The HSE ruled that not enough measures had been taken to prevent access to dangerous moving parts.

Polestar was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £2,997 costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Bradley Wigglesworth, a HSE inspector, said: "Polestar’s failure to properly assess the risks or implement a safe system for isolation and lock-off had serious consequences. Had their guarding standards been of an acceptable standard, the worker’s injury could have been avoided."ADNFCR-2754-ID-801701298-ADNFCR


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