Machinery workings need to be guarded properly to prevent workers from coming into contact with dangerous parts, leading to possible injury compensation claims, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has stated.
The warning follows an incident in which an employee lost part of three fingers in a serious injury at a Crumlin plastics factory.
He was attempting to clean a probe on a bagging machine on which a dangerous moving part had been left unguarded.
There were also no systems put into place by factory owner A Schulman for the safe cleaning and maintenance of the machine, an investigation found.
"Our investigation showed that employees of this company were not aware of the dangers of putting their hands inside this machine, and there was no guarding to stop them from accessing dangerous areas," commented HSE inspector Mike Batt.
HSE is currently making changes to its First Aid at Work training regime in an effort to make it more flexible.