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Employee injures two fingers at packaging company

Date:
14 July 2015

A packaging company has been fined for safety failings that led to a worker sustaining serious injury to his right hand.

Buxton Magistrates’ Court heard how, in October 2013, the employee was cleaning a moving roller on a folder/gluer machine and reached inside. He suffered serious damage to two fingers on his right hand.

Hipak Packaging Limited, of Harper Hill Business Park, Buxton, was fined a total of £3,330, and ordered to pay £1,858 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

 After the case, HSE Inspector Stuart Parry said:

“This accident was clearly avoidable. The company failed to provide a safe system of work for employees who needed to clean glue off rollers from their folding and gluing machine. It was left up to the employees to decide how they went about this and the company should have instructed and trained their staff in a safe procedure which involved ensuring the machine was isolated from power before employees put their hands inside it.”

The free guidance published by the HSE for businesses includes safe systems of work for cleaning printing presses and similar equipment, such as folding/gluing machines:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/printing/machine/safe-systems-cleaning-presses.htm#sheet-fed

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