A packaging company based in Essex has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a workers hand was dragged into a gluing machine.
Fifty seven year old Lynda Jackson, from Harold Hill, in Essex, was employed as a line supervisor at CBT Packaging’s factory in Paycocke Road, Basildon, when her hand was dragged into a gluing machine as she attempted to clean its rollers.
Ms Jackson’s right hand was badly injured in the work accident and two of her fingers tips were severed, her injuries were so severe that she had to take two months off work and has been told that nerve damage caused to her fingers in the accident, could be permanent.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that it was common practise at the packaging company, to clean the gluing machines rollers while they were in motion.
CBT Packaging Ltd whose head office is in the High Street, at Edgware, in Middlesex, was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay a total of £4,971.45 in court costs after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Basildon Magistrates’ Court.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector stated that it was ‘unacceptable’ that an employee should be injured at work as a direct consequence of an employer’s negligence.