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Manufacturing firm fined after worker injured

31 October 2017

A Bristol based company has been fined after an employee suffered crush injuries while using a guillotine.

Newport Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 23 June 2016, Kyle Hurley an employee of Avon TSA Ltd was trimming lengths of foam material using a guillotine cutter at the company’s facility at the Blaenant Industrial Estate, Brynmawr. When he reached into the machine to clear some foam which was not feeding through correctly, his hand came into contact with the guillotine blade, resulting in amputation to the top of his right middle finger and tip of his index finger.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to protect employees from dangerous parts of machinery and properly plan use of the guillotine. A viewing panel, which also acted as a fixed guard, had not been adequately maintained. The company also failed to respond to concerns by staff about the defective guard and had been subject to previous HSE enforcement action on machine guarding.

Avon TSA Ltd of South Liberty Lane, Bristol pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3 (1) of the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Regulation 11 (1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company has been fined £23,000, ordered to pay costs of £999.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Sian Donne said “This injury was easily prevented and the risk should have been identified.

“Employers should make sure they properly plan and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery.”

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