A worker lost two of his fingers after getting his hand trapped in machinery at a metal packaging firm, a court has been told.
Magistrates heard the man’s employer had failed to prevent workers having access to a dangerous part of the mechanical press.
Employer fined thousands of pounds
The accident at work happened, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard, while the man was working for Roberts Metal Packaging Limited, of Nathan Way in London.
It has been fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £3,520 in costs after admitting it breached the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, which place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment to make sure the equipment is safe and suitable for use.
Man’s hand trapped underneath punch
The court was told that the employee sustained the injury to his fingers after getting his left hand trapped beneath the punch on a power press.
The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Inspectors established that Roberts Metal Packaging Limited had failed to stop workers having access to a dangerous part of the mechanical press.
Research from the HSE shows that in nearly all of the cases of injury caused by a mechanical press, the presses were not adequately safeguarded.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: June 23, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown