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Printers fined after workerÂ’s head trapped in machine

13th December 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

A Leicestershire printing company has been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries. David Howkins of Ratby suffered multiple skull fractures as a result of a preventable accident.

Mr Howkins was working on a stacker at the end of a web-fed printing press. While replacing a seized bearing, he went around the back of the machine where his head was caught on its moving parts.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the gate preventing access to the moving parts was unlocked, and there was not sufficient safety signage to warn Mr Howkins away from the area.

The Artisan Press Ltd, of Beaumont Leys in Leicester, was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £5,915 in costs after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

HSE inspector Dr Richenda Dixon said: “Safe systems of work, information, instruction and training are required to control the risks during both production and maintenance activities.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801672349-ADNFCR


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