A Glasgow printing and packaging company has been sentenced after a worker’s hand was severely injured in machinery.
The long-serving employee suffered the injury when his right hand was pulled into an embossing and foiling machine he was working on.
Glasgow Sheriff Court heard he was attempting to prevent the machine from jamming when his hand was drawn into the machine. He was taken to hospital where a large ‘v’ shaped laceration was found on the back of his right hand which had caused tendons to be exposed and there were lacerations and fractures to his ring and middle fingers. He is unable to fully extend these fingers.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident. The court was told that the incident was due to the failure of the Company to ensure that the machine had the necessary guard fitted that would have prevented this accident from taking place.
The incident had been reported to HSE when the incident happened in July 2011, but the true nature of the worker’s injuries only came to light during an unconnected visit to the premises in August 2013.
A full investigation was carried out and HSE subsequently submitted its report to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) that led to the prosecution.
Gilmour and Dean Ltd admitted breaching Regulations 11(1) and (2) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and Section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £40,000.
Notes to Editors
- The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 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
- More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: legislation.gov.uk/
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- In Scotland the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has sole responsibility for the raising of criminal proceedings for breaches of health and safety legislation.