A Welwyn Garden City manufacturing company has admitted safety failings after an agency worker suffered a serious hand injury.
The 33-year-old worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, was in the process of clearing a blockage on a poorly-guarded palletiser machine at Sika Ltd’s factory when the incident took place on 12 October 2012.
He was attempting to restart the machine after removing the blockage when his right hand was struck by a moving part.
As a result he suffered multiple fractures of his hand and lacerations and was unable to return to work to perform a similar role for several months.
Hand injury claim
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An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Sika Ltd, which makes speciality chemicals for the construction industry, had failed to properly assess the risks from using the palletiser.
It also discovered that the machine guarding was inadequate to prevent access to the dangerous parts, while insufficient training and instruction had been provided to workers.
The company, of Watchmead, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, was fined a total of £17,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,219 after admitting two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
“The hazards from automated machinery, notably palletisers, are well known and there is a history of serious and fatal accidents occurring at palletiser machinery,” said HSE Inspector James Wright after the hearing.
“Clearing blockages can lead to sudden start-up or movement of machinery so adequate guarding and isolation procedures are essential.”
Source: Welwyn Hatfield Times