A seal and label producing company based in Kent has been fined after a worker Injured his hand in a printing press.
Maidstone Crown Court heard how an employee of Fuji Seal Europe Limited (FSE) was cleaning a blade on a printing press when his hand was drawn into the running nip on the machine. He suffered fractures and skin loss to fingers on his right hand requiring a titanium fixture to support his middle finger.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 11 March 2015 found that no suitable guard was fitted to the machine and the system of work used was flawed and unsafe.
Fuji Seal Europe Limited, of Scimitar Close, Gillingham Business Park, Gillingham, Kent, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and was fined £160,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,680.80.
Notes to Editors:
- 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
- More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
- HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk