A national printing firm has been fined £10,000 for safety failings which saw an employee sustain a partial finger amputation in a work accident. The accident at Polestar UK Print Ltd’s plant in Leeds on 12th February 2012 happened due to dangerous parts of a machine not being properly guarded.
A 55-year-old worker, who asked not to be named, was trying to unblock a magazine insert feeder machine, Leeds Magistrates heard on Thursday, 6th March 2012. He was removing debris from cogs when it unsurprisingly began working again, turning the cogs slightly and creating a shear point. His right hand was trapped and part of his first finger was cut off.
The HSE investigated finger injury scene
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the company after the finger injury. They discovered that the machine was not shut off from its power source and there were not enough safety measures in place to stop access to risky moving parts. Polestar had not provided a safe system of work for getting into the machine to remove blockages or to undertake maintenance, the HSE also found.
Polestar UK Print Ltd., of Dunstable, Bedfordshire, was also told to pay £2,997 costs after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. HSE Inspector Bradley Wigglesworth said after the case: “Had their [Polestar’s] guarding standards been of an acceptable standard, the worker’s injury could have been avoided.”
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