Firm fined for causing two separate safety incidents
A dyeing company has been sentenced for safety breaches after two unconnected incidents caused serious injuries to employees.
On 27 August 2014, a worker was dyeing hanks of wool using a large tank and overhead crane when the hook block on the crane failed and the crane lid dropped into the tank. Boiling dye liquid spilled out splashing the employee and causing serious burns to his body.
On 15 January 2015, whilst clearing a blockage on a yarn scouring line, a worker’s clothing became caught on a rotating part. He became entangled in the machine and sustained serious chest and leg injuries.
Premier Hank Dyers Ltd of Bottoms Mill, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 for both incidents and was fined a £12,000 (£6,000 for each offence) and ordered to pay costs of £12,014.70.
After the hearing, HSE Inspector Jacqueline Ferguson commented: “Employers must ensure that they properly assess the risks associated with dangerous moving parts of machinery and then apply effective control measures to minimise those risks.”
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