Factory owners have been reminded to avoid fines and injury compensation claims by implementing safe working practices after an employee at a Gateshead firm fractured a wrist in a work injury.
The worker was operating a Kohmann 1440 window patcher machine at Integrated Packaging, which stamps pieces of polyester film onto pre-cut openings on cardboard cartons, when the incident occurred.
He reached into the machine to remove an item that had become jammed when his hand got stuck between two conveyor belts, causing a friction burn and a fracture to his left wrist.
"Employers who require their staff to operate machinery need to establish how this work can be undertaken safely," commented Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Paul Miller.
"They must also put in place adequate safeguards and safe working practices to ensure employees are not exposed to dangerous parts of machinery."
The HSE recently prosecuted and fined a rice manufacturing company in Kent after an employee was fatally injured after becoming entangled in a machine.