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Buckinghamshire tape firm fined after worker lost finger

Date:
22 July 2015

An adhesive tape manufacturing company has been fined after a worker lost a finger in an unguarded machine.

High Wycombe magistrates heard the injured person was working for Technibond Limited at their premises on Millboard Road in Bourne End on 19 August 2014 when the incident happened. The worker was cleaning one of the machines whilst it was running. The cloth she was holding was drawn into the in-running nip which also caused her finger to be pulled in to the machine. The damage sustained resulted in her finger needing to be amputated.

The court also heard the machine was not fitted with the Perspex guards supplied by the manufacturer. The defendant was not aware that these guards were available, though instructions on using the guards are contained within the instruction manual.

Technibond Limited pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulation 11(1) at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court and were fined £5,000 with costs of £1,766. 

HSE Inspector Stephen Faulkner said after the hearing:

“Employers must ensure they prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery and in doing so they must consider hardware controls over information, instruction, training and supervision.

“However, where they do rely on these software controls they must ensure that they are effective to prevent anyone being harmed by the machinery.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. hse.gov.uk 
  2. 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 sates: “Every employer shall ensure that measures are taken in accordance (a)to prevent access to any dangerous part of machinery or to any rotating stock-bar; or (b)to stop the movement of any dangerous part of machinery or rotating stock-bar before any part of a person enters a danger zone.
  3. Further HSE news releases are available at press.hse.gov.uk
  4. More information about maintaining machinery safely can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/safemaintenance/heavy-items.htm

 

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