A manufacturing firm has been fined after a worker’s hand was crushed in an unsafe machine at its factory in Oxfordshire.
JSP Ltd, of Worsham Mill in Minster Lovell, admitted two breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 by failing to protect employees from dangerous moving parts of machinery.
The company, which produces personal protective equipment, was fined a total of £4,000 and ordered to pay £1,064 in costs.
Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive concluded that the incident was entirely preventable.
The 47-year-old employee, from Witney, had just started her shift on 11 January 2013 when her hand was crushed.
She was stirring the paint for a printer when the machine suddenly moved, striking her hand and trapping it.
The worker, who does not wish to be identified, sustained a broken knuckle and serious nerve damage, which has resulted in a loss of dexterity in her right hand. She was off work for several months as a result of her injuries.
Oxford Magistrates heard how JSP Ltd had been using the machine for eight years without incident, although the safety devices had not been checked or maintained during the whole of that period.
The machine was found to be unsafe after it was examined following the worker’s injury.
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