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28-year-old female print worker loses finger in workplace accident
Back on the subject of poor planning and unsafe working practices, a 28-year-old factory female worker was injured in an incident in a printing company in Gosport. The 28-year-old woman was trying to clean the milling blades of a binding machine, and had removed the guard in order to access the parts she wanted to get to. This in itself is an unsafe practice.
Simultaneously another worker was changing a milling bag which collects off-cuts and dust. This other worker then restarted the binding machine, unaware of what her co-worker was doing. The result was that the 28-year-old machine operator lost one finger and seriously injured another.
Inherently unsafe hazards uncovered
When the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) conducted an investigation, they concluded the fact that the binding machine could be operated without the guard in position was inherently unsafe. It meant operators were exposed to dangerous moving parts that could easily cause injury, and in this case did. The injury left the young female operator with an irreversible injury she would carry with her for the rest of her life.
Maintenance work must always be properly planned
It was also stated that all maintenance work, no matter how routine, must be properly planned, and any risks assessed before the work is commenced. If this had been done in this particular instance, the accident could have been easily avoided.
Print company fined £13,000 plus costs
The printing company entered a plea of guilty in terms of a single breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and another single breach of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. They were fined the sum of £13,000 and instructed to pay costs of another £1,278.
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