Health and Safety Failings – Unguarded machinery incident leads to prosecution

Unguarded machinery incident leads to prosecution

Key Facts:

  •  A worker suffered severe hand injuries after his hand was caught in unguarded machinery.
  • The subsequent HSE investigation identified unguarded machinery issues.
  • They were fined £13,500 plus costs.

The Case:

An investigation was launched into the practices of a Norfolk based firm after a worker sustained serious hand injuries.

The incident took place on 19 December 2013, when the worker was using a piece of machinery to apply plastic lamination. His fingers became caught in an unguarded in-running nip between the machinery’s rollers.

The case was heard at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on 29 April 2015, where the firm pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. They were fined £13,500 plus costs of £3,603.

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What the law states:

Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 states:

‘Every employer shall ensure that measures are taken which are effective – (a) to prevent access to any dangerous part of machinery or to any rotating stock-bar; or (b) to stop the movement of any dangerous part of machinery or rotating stock-bar before any part of a person enters a danger zone.’

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