The guard on a cutting press that crushed a worker’s hand was not properly set, a court has been told.
The man’s employer, Hertfordshire-based tape supply firm Stokvis Tapes UK, was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of just over £2,300 after admitting safety failings.
The company, which claims to be the world’s biggest independent tape converter, was being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). It pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Hand slipped under guard
The accident at work happened at the company’s premises on Tring Industrial Estate, Icknield Way, in January 2014, Watford Magistrates’ Court was told.
Magistrates heard that as the man operated the cutting press, his hand was crushed between the handle of the cutting plate holder and the bed of the machine.
His hand had slipped under the machine’s guard, which was not set appropriately, resulting in the crush accident.
Crush injuries common
People working in factories, warehouses and on building sites are among the most vulnerable to suffering crush injuries due to the risk posed by heavy machinery and falling objects.
Meanwhile, employees in any job can suffer crush injuries caused by getting their hands or fingers trapped in a door.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown