A worker at a plastics company suffered a crushed finger injury in an accident cleaning a print machine.
Robert Waters was injured in the accident whilst at work for Tenza Technologies Ltd. He was cleaning the printing machine at the time of the accident in October 2011.
During the process, his left hand was accidentally caught between the two rollers of the machine. This caused him a severe crush injury to his ring finger. The injury meant that the 62 year old had to take twelve weeks off work whilst he recovered.
The Health and Safety Executive undertook an investigation into the accident and the machine itself. The machine was poorly maintained and had safety guarding that they found was not fit for purpose. Risk assessment and training was also deemed to be inadequate by the HSE.
On the 6th of December, Tenza Technologies Ltd pleaded guilty at Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court to breaking the Health and Safety at Work Act. As a result of this admittance they were fined £4,000.
The HSE reaffirmed afterwards the importance of monitoring control measures to ensure they are fit for purpose and protect employee safety.