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    Company’s failure on machine safety


    A manufacturer failed to make machinery safe at its factory despite receiving two Health and Safety enforcement notices following the injury of a worker.

    A machine operator at Smithers-Oasis UK Ltd suffered partial amputation of the middle finger on her left hand and also broke the index finger on the same hand, on May 9, 2012 in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

    The incident occurred at the floral foam manufacturer’s Crowther Industrial Estate site as the woman was using a milling machine which offered staff no protection from a dangerous moving part, Sunderland magistrates heard.

    Enforcement notices

    The company attached guarding to this part of the machine following the incident and the Health and Safety Executive issued an enforcement notice after the measure was found to be ineffective, which Smithers-Oasis UK Ltd complied with.

    A few months later an inspection of the company’s sites at Crowther Road and Tilley Road by the HSE’s Paul Miller found guarding defects on a number of machines and a further improvement notice was served, which the firm complied with.

    Mr Miller said the company had put its workers at risk of serious harm by failing to guard against access to dangerous parts on a number of machines.

    He added that it was only a matter of luck that no one had been more seriously injured, saying that cuts, crush injuries and amputations could all have resulted from the failings.

    Company fined

    Magistrates fined the company £8,000 and ordered it to pay costs of £6,630 after it admitted the breach of Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

    If you suffer an injury at work, Accident Advice Helpline can offer guidance about making a claim.

    Source: Press Reader

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