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Workers injured due to unguarded machinery

Date:
20 November 2015

A soft furnishings company has been fined over two incidents of failure to adequately guard machinery.

Paul Boomer, trading as Carousel of Castle Industrial Estate, Beresford Street, Failsworth, Manchester, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after it investigated the incidents, both of which led to injuries to workers.

In the first, in January 2015, an employee cleared a blockage on the Modan Blow Filling machine by putting his right hand in to the motor area. This then came into contact with a rotating fan blade and resulted in the amputation of two of his fingers.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that there was easy access to the dangerous parts of the machine as the pipework was removed easily without the use of tooling.

The second incident occurred in May 2015 when an employee’s left hand became trapped between two readily-accessible rollers while using a Mattress Roll Packing machine, resulting in the need for surgery on his two crushed fingers.

The machine had been bought direct from China and was not manufactured in line with European safety requirements. It was not safe and it was not CE Marked.

HSE Inspector Lisa Bailey said: “Had the company carried out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the machinery and then taken measures to prevent access to dangerous parts, then these two incidents could have been avoided. Mr Boomer should have ensured that the Mattress Roll Packing machine was CE Marked.”

Paul Boomer (trading as Carousel) pleaded guilty to two breaches of Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and a breach of Section 7 of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 and was fined £14,000 with £2,000 costs.

Notes to editors 

  1. 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. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
  3. More information about guarding machinery can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/
  4. http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/manufacturer-supply-new-work-equipment.htm
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