November 21, 2017

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£100k fine after worker’s fingers crushed

A plastic and paper manufacturing company has been fined after a worker suffered crush injuries from trapping his hand in an unguarded printing machine.

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Euro Packaging UK Limited was injured at the company’s site in Yardley, when his hand was drawn into the print rollers while he was attempting to clean the running machine. He was left needing partial amputation of two fingers.

The Health and Safety Executive’s investigation into the incident, which occurred on 5 December 2016, found that the lack of guarding on the machine was the root cause of this incident together with a lack of training and supervision.

Ensure workplace safety

Euro Packaging UK Limited of Brickfield Road, Birmingham pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,503.05.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Karl Raw said “This case serves as a reminder to industry that planning and guarding of machinery requires regular reviews and monitoring to ensure workplace safety.

“The need to review machinery guarding is a positive benefit to improving workplace safety”.

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