Employers have been reminded to guard themselves against injury compensation claims and fines by ensuring safe operation of machinery, following two separate incidents at a North Wales factory.
In the first incident, employee Clewyd Roberts’ hand became trapped in the rollers of a bagging machine, causing severe friction burns requiring skin grafts.
Although the company carried out a review and risk assessment after this work injury, it failed to identify guarding as a measure to put into place.
As a result, less than a month later worker Allan Breeze also got his hand trapped in the rollers, this time causing tendon damage and a broken finger on top of the friction burns.
"Both employees needed substantial time off work following this incident and while their injuries were significant, the potential for much more serious injury was always present," commented Health and Safety Executive inspector Jo-Anne Michael.
A food manufacturer based in Blackburn was recently fined after an employee severed the tips of her fingers in a cake icing machine.