A man suffered severe damage to his hand after his employer removed the guard from a machine to make it more efficient.
Food manufacturer Thomas of York Ltd was fined after a worker suffered several broken fingers in the accident at work.
Machine was modified
The worker’s hand was pulled into a pastry lid maker that had been modified to improve its operation. This involved removing parts of the guarding system.
When the modification was removed because it was ineffective, the guards were not replaced.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and took action against Thomas of York Ltd.
Firm pleaded guilty
Thomas of York Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, regulations 11 and 14, and was fined £6,500 with £691.45 costs at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court.
HSE inspector Julian Franklin said modifying machines should always involve a reassessment of the safety of that machine.
Guard checking routines should be periodically audited to ensure they remain effective, he added.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: April 27, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown