A corrugated cardboard manufacturer from Cheshire has been fined for multiple failings after an employee seriously injured his arm on site.
The 29-year-old male worker, who does not want to be named, was carrying out tasks on an unguarded machine at Prowell Ltd’s factory in Ellesmere Port when the incident took place on 18 April 2012.
He was cleaning around a baling machine used to compress waste cardboard when his right hand became caught and was dragged into the machinery, causing crush injuries to his hand and breaking his arm.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Prowell Ltd had installed the second-hand baler at the factory early in 2009 but had relocated the control panel and hydraulic power pack to the outside of an enclosure around the machine to reduce the risk of fire.
In doing so, however, it created an unguarded gap on the machine itself, putting employees at regular risk of being injured.
The firm also failed to carry out a risk assessment on the use of the baler, despite workers being asked to clear out waste cardboard and dust inside the enclosure on a daily basis while the machine was still running.
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Prowell Ltd was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,053 after it pleaded guilty at Chester Magistrates’ Court to single breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1998.
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