An engineering firm has been fined £4,000 after a worker’s hand was crushed in a hydraulic press that wasn’t guarded.
T B Davies (UK) Ltd, of Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations when it appeared at Bridgend Magistrates’ Court. The firm was also ordered to pay £1,200 in costs.
Magistrates heard the accident at work happened in March 2013 while 45-year-old Paul Dobbins was using the machine to press bearings into a steel pivot block.
He was holding a bearing in place with his left hand, the court heard, and had turned to speak to a colleague as he pushed a foot pedal to lower the hydraulic press. The press had then come down on to his hand, pulling the skin off his index finger and injuring his thumb.
Worker needed skin graft
Mr Dobbins, of Porth, Mid Glamorgan, needed a skin graft on his finger and was off work for more than six months.
Magistrates heard he has lost the feeling and movement in his left hand, meaning he can no longer drive a car.
Since the accident he has lost his job and suffered with emotional stress and financial problems.
The court was told a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation had established that there wasn’t enough guarding on the machine to protect workers and that the firm had failed to make sure the work was done safely.
Following the court case HSE inspector Simon Breen said adequate guarding would have prevented the accident and was something all employers had a duty to provide.
He added that guards were needed to make sure the dangerous moving parts on hydraulic presses did not put the safety of workers at risk.
But he said T B Davies (UK) Ltd’s failure to do so had resulted in Mr Dobbins sustaining a painful and preventable injury.
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