A Lincolnshire packaging company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee suffered serious personal injury in an accident at work.
Twenty seven year old Daryl Bushnell was working for DS Smith Packaging Ltd, at their factory in Windsor Road, Louth and was receiving instruction on how to operate a re-winding machine, which is used for winding corrugated cardboard into a roll.
Mr. Bushnell’s fingers however became trapped in the mechanism and a second employee, who was unaware of the situation, inadvertently started the machine.
As the machine started up Mr. Bushnell was catapulted over the back of the re-winder and suffered serious injuries, including a broken arm and fractured ribs. His injuries were so severe that he was unable to return to work for almost a year.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that there was no safety mechanism in place to prevent the machine being started, when workers were still in the danger zone.
DS Smith Packaging Ltd, of Lower Cookham Road, in Maidenhead, was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £8,244 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Skegness Magistrates Court.
Since the accident the company has installed a sensor operated safety device on the machine, to prevent anything similar happening in the future.