A Suffolk company, who manufacture self adhesive products for stationery and packaging, has been fined after an employee crushed his finger while cleaning a printing press.
Sixty two year old Robert Waters was working for Tenza Technologies Limited, at their plant in Saxmundham and was cleaning a flexographic printing machine, when his left hand got drawn in-between two rollers.
Mr. Waters suffered a crush injury to the ring finger of his left hand and he was unable to return to his duties at the factory, for a period of almost three months.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that safety guards on the press were inadequate and not fit for their intended purpose; it was also revealed that the press was poorly maintained and training and supervision standards were unsatisfactory.
Tenza Technologies Limited, of the Carlton Park Industrial Estate, in Saxmundham, was prosecuted and fined £4,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, at Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court.
Following the court hearing a spokesperson from the HSE, stated that the incident could easily have been avoided, had Tenza Technologies routinely checked and maintained safety guards on the machine.