A window manufacturing firm has been fined GBP 10,000 and ordered to pay full costs of GBP 6,541 after an employee's arm was dragged into a poorly guarded machine.
Wayne Marshall was operating a corner cleaning machine at Frame Trade UK Ltd in when he went inside the unit to clear debris that was preventing it from operating correctly.
His sleeve got caught on a high speed cutter that is used to remove surplus plastic, causing serious lacerations to his left forearm and damaging tendons on two fingers.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and found the machine wasn't adequately guarded and that Mr Marshall had not been shown how to correctly isolate the power to the equipment.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Berian Price said: "Employers have a duty to make sure machinery is adequately guarded so that staff cannot access dangerous moving parts.
The firm pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 for its guarding and training failures.
Posted by Alison Spriggs