Inadequate machine guarding has led to a man sustaining serious injuries at a plastics manufacturer.
Swansea-based ITW Limited was fined after an employee picked up a serious hand injury. His hand was caught and dragged into unguarded machinery during the incident in May 2012.
The employee was part of ITW Limited’s maintenance crew, which was fixing a break in plastic sheeting, Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard.
He was rethreading broken plastic sheeting into a pinch roll, when his gloved hand was caught by the machine.
It was dragged into the rollers, damaging a finger on his right hand so badly it had to be surgically removed below the knuckle.
Poor guarding on production line
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident found inadequate guarding along the length of the production line, despite ITW Ltd having identified the risks.
ITW Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,018.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: March 23, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown