A food packaging firm has been fined £13,000 after an employee suffered severe finger injuries, including severing part of his thumb and index digit in a badly-guarded machine.
Rillatech Limited worker Andrew Rawson, from Dronfield, Derbyshire, was trying to unblock a jammed food casing apparatus while it was in operation last year on 8 January when the incident occurred.
Mr Rawson, 48, had to have plastic surgery and couldn’t drive for three months or return to work for 12 months.
A clipper came into contact with his fingers when he stretched out around the safeguards, Chesterfield Magistrates Court was told on Wednesday (9 July).
Food machine needed better safeguards
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) officials investigating the work accident found that the food casing machine was one of two models which needed to be fitted with improved guarding to safeguard staff when removing jams.
It also found that a comparable accident had occurred before. The company then fitted additional guarding. But this, the court heard, did not completely stop workers accessing the machine’s moving parts which subjected them to risk.
The firm’s guarding has only been upgraded since the incident with safer work systems also introduced to help stop similar accidents happening.
Rillatech Limited, of Callywhite Lane, Dronfield, admitted breaching Section 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. In addition, it was ordered to pay £20,353 in costs.
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Source: Insider Media
Date Published: July 11, 2014
Author: David Brown