A company that produces medical equipment were fined by the Worthing Magistrates Court after two workers were injured by hazardous parts of machinery on two separate occasions at the company premises in West Sussex.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that both accidents that caused injury to the employees were as a result of using machines that had no protective guards to prevent potential injuries being sustained by the users.
The first incident on the 29/06/2011 left an employee with a fractured finger as he attempted to operate a machine on a lamination line. As a result of there being no guard in place when the employee attempted to adjust the material his hand was pulled into two rollers causing the injury.
The, Health and Safety Executive sent notices to the company for improvements to be made to their machines to ensure standards of safety were improved by having satisfactory guards on their machinery to prevent the possibility of further injuries to employees.
Unfortunately another employee suffered bruising and cuts to her hand on the 11/09/2013 as a result of her trapping her hand whilst attempting to clear a blockage.
Poor Safety Measure Standards Caused Injuries
Safety procedures had not been adhered to and it was found commonplace for machine safety interlocks being overridden.
The company, Welland Medical Ltd,, was found negligent and ordered to pay a fine of £8,000 and also to pay £6,820 in costs after admitting two breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
Following the hearing, HSE inspector Stephen Green said:
“Although the injuries sustained to these workers were relatively minor, they could have been much worse. This type of incident is still far too common despite the fact that workers have lost limbs, been disabled and, in the most severe cases, even lost their life because of inadequate or missing guarding.”