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Portsmouth glass company fined after worker was injured

Date:
14 July 2016

A glass company in Portsmouth has been fined after a worker was injured when his clothing was caught in machinery.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard how Saint Gobain Glass (United Kingdom) Limited had allowed a metal working lathe to be adapted in order to re-rope conveyor rollers in-house. The adaption was such that no form of guarding had been developed to prevent access to moving parts of the machine.

Whilst re-roping the rollers, the operator’s clothing became caught on the roller and the worker became entangled with the machinery. He suffered soft tissue, nerve and ligament damage to his hand and wrist.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 27 April 2015 found that there was no suitable and sufficient risk assessment which could have prevented this incident from happening.

Saint Gobain Glass (United Kingdom) Limited, of Limberline Road, Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,137.

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