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Label Company Fined after Employee’s Hand Injury

A label company has been fined after an employee suffered a hand injury in an accident involving a machine.

The unnamed man was a worker for Berkshire Labels Limited at the time of the accident in September 2011. He was working on a finishing machine, trying to clean one of its coating rollers.

To do this, he had removed the roller numerous times to strip off primer that had dried on to it. However, after he had replaced it onto the working machine, he tried to brush off some dried primer. As he did this, his hand became caught and was pulled between two of the machine’s rollers.

The incident severed one of the man’s fingers and broke another. These injuries kept him off work for six weeks and meant that he had to undergo a course of physiotherapy.

The HSE investigated and concluded that the accident happened because the machine did not have adequate safety guarding in place. The company has been in court this week in regards to this, and pleaded guilty to breaking work equipment regulations. As a result of this, they were fined £7,000.

The accident was described by a HSE inspector as “easily preventable.”

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