North West company fined after failing to ensure safe use of machinery

A Bolton-based company that manufactures vehicle components has today been fined after a worker was injured whilst using a lathe.

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 8June 2017, a 59-year-old worker at Jost (UK) Limited was applying emery cloth by hand to a lathe to smooth down the shaft of a boring bar at their site on Nelson Street, Bolton. The worker’s arm then was pulled into the machine, sustaining serious arm injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Jost (UK) Limited had not provided instructions to employees that prohibited application of emery cloth by hand to metalworking lathes. The company had also failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, and there was no safe system of work in place.

Jost (UK) Limited of Nelson Street, Bolton, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £134,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,572.

HSE inspector Caroline Shorrock said after the hearing: “This injury could have been easily prevented by identifying and implementing safe working practices when using this machine.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise. hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: legislation.gov.uk/
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk
  4. More information about use of emery cloth on metalworking lathes can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/eis2.pdf