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Worker's hand crushed due to preventable accident

28th January 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A man's hand was severely crushed, to the extent that he required two operations on it, in an accident at a food packaging plant in Hengoed.

The employee was cleaning ink off the printing machine in the factory when his hand was dragged into the two-centimetre gap between the rollers. The machine had to be put into reverse in order to free him.

The printing machine was unguarded, and no risks had been identified, meaning there was not so much as a safety sign to warn employees of potential dangers. The company had not planned a safe system of work for cleaning the rollers.

Chevler Ltd was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £5,843 in costs. The firm pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

An inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said: "This as a completely needless and entirely preventable incident. HSE will prosecute companies where key safety procedures for operating and cleaning potentially dangerous machinery are not in place.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801687008-ADNFCR


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