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Firm fined after operator injured in “Binder” press

Date:
9 February 2016

An Oxford based company who supply heating equipment has been fined after a worker suffered injuries to his fingers in a hydraulic press.

Banbury Magistrates’ Court heard an employee of Walraven Limited of Oxfordshire was setting up a horizontal press with a defeated interlock when he inadvertently activated it, crushing the tips of his index finger and thumb.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident which occurred on the 12 March 2015 found it had become custom and practice to defeat the interlock during the set-up of the press and the risk assessment for the work was inadequate and had not been reviewed regularly.

Walraven Limited, of Thorpe Way, Banbury, Oxfordshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), and Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and was fined a total of £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,353.60.

HSE inspector Leon Donovan said after the hearing: “A risk assessment needs to be suitable and sufficient and carried out by a competent person. It should identify the risks associated with all aspects of a machine’s operation including setting and maintenance. Had this been the case then the defeated interlock would have been identified and suitable control measures put in place”

For further information on risk assessments visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/index.htm

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
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