A ceiling company from Stafford has been fined for serious safety breaches.
CEP Ceiling Ltd admitted multiple failings after a worker caught his left arm in the drive mechanism of a machine at its premises on 21 January 2013.
The 61-year-old man was removing hardened-on glue from the lower roller spindle on a laminator when the incident happened.
He required skin grafts on his forearm to help heal the large chunk of tissue that was chewed up in the intermeshing metal gears.
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An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the covers protecting the drive mechanism at CEP Ceiling Ltd had been removed to give easier access to the spindle.
It also discovered a suitable and sufficient risk assessment was not carried out, while no safe system of work was in place.
The company, of Verulam Road, Stafford, was fined a total of £24,000 and ordered to pay £1,194 in costs after pleading guilty to breaches of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Wayne Owen issued a warning to employers about accidents at work.
“Safe systems of work, information, instruction and training are required to control the risks during both production and maintenance activities,” he said.
“A robust system to monitor employees also needs to be in place to detect any poor practices.”
Date Published: March 14, 2014
Author: David Brown