A packaging company has been fined after an employee seriously injured two fingers in unguarded machinery.
Bristol-based Clondalkin Pharma & Healthcare (Kimbolton) Ltd admitted safety failings relating to the incident at its factory on the Harvard Industrial Estate in Kimbolton, Huntingdon, on 14 September 2012.
The 39-year-old worker, who does not wish to be named, was trying to clear a piece of adhesive from the anvil of the machine while it was running. His right hand became caught and two of his fingers were crushed in an unguarded in-running nip.
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Failure to adequately assess risks
In this case, Peterborough Magistrates’ Court heard how the machine involved in the incident and a further three printing machines at the factory had inoperable interlocked guards. Operators were therefore able to run the machines without guards in place.
Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive concluded that Clondalkin Pharma & Healthcare (Kimbolton) Ltd did not identify this danger and instead relied on instructing operators to close the guards.
The company, of Harbour Road, Portishead, Bristol, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 3(1) (a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. It was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £1,890 in costs.
Source: Hunts Post