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Norfolk company fined for unguarded machinery

29 April 2015

Ferrisgate Coatings Limited was fined £13,500 with £3,603 costs at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Friday 29 April 2015 after a worker sustained serious personal injury to his hand.

Ferrisgate Coatings Limited, of Burrell Way, Thetford, Norfolk, pleaded guilty of breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulation 11(1).

The incident, which happened on 19 December 2013, involved a large machine used to apply plastic lamination. The worker’s fingers were caught in an unguarded in-running nip between rollers.

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  2. Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations1998 states: “Every employer shall ensure that measures are taken which are effective – (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.”
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