A newspaper group has been fined £3,000 after a worker suffered crush injuries to his hand after getting it caught in rotating machinery.
The accident at work saw the 49-year-old employee of Newsquest Media, who has not been named, able to access dangerous moving parts of a printer roller because of poor health and safety management, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said.
The worker, who made a recovery and has returned to work, suffered crush injuries to his thumb and middle finger as he attempted to remove a small piece of torn paper from the unguarded roller in February last year.
The HSE, who prosecuted Newsquest over safety failings, said the employee and colleagues had been having problems with paper breaking and wrapping itself around ink rollers.
Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard that the employee had cleared most of the paper off and then put the machine into an 8,000 rotations per hour cycle.
But he noticed a bit of paper still on the roller and tried to brush it off with a piece of cloth. As he did, the cloth was dragged into the nip of the ink roller, injuring his right hand.
‘Able to access dangerous parts’
The HSE’s investigation found that employees were able to access dangerous moving parts of the printing machine because sections of the machine had been removed.
Newsquest Media (Southern) Ltd, registered at Weybridge, Surrey, was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,560 in costs.
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Source: Insider Media
Date Published: May 20, 2014
Author: David Brown