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Company fined after worker suffers hand injuries

26 July 2017

A Suffolk based company has been fined after an employee suffered serious injuries when his hand was got caught in a machine at the  at the company’s base in Lakenheath.

Ipswich Magistrates’ Court heard how on 3 February 2016 the 27-year old employee of Murfitts Industries Limited was trying to clear a blocked baler without isolating the machine when his hand and arm got trapped.

As a result of the incident the worker suffered a broken arm, loss of skin and muscle damage. His injuries kept him off work for 17 months.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the guards were not maintained in a good condition and were not securely fixed to the machine.

Murfitts Industries Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £26,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2462.60.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Keith Waller said: “Employees of Murfitts Industries Limited were not being adequately supervised to ensure that the safe system of work for clearing blockages was followed.

“This incident could have been prevented if the worker had received adequate information and instruction.”

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