A work accident involving a printing press has resulted in a man suffering a serious hand injury.
Derek Shield suffered the injury during his employment at CCL Label Ltd. He was at the company’s premises in Castleford, West Yorkshire when the accident happened in February this year.
Mr Shield – who had worked at the company for 27 years – was cleaning the letter press printing machine. He was cleaning the central impression drum, feeling for any foreign objects. Whilst doing this, his hand was accidentally drawn between a nip point and a roller.
The force of his hand being drawn into the moving parts of the machine caused him a serious injury, shattering his thumb and finger. The injury resulted in him undergoing a skin graft procedure and left him without the use of the digits for several months whilst he recovered.
A Health and Safety executive investigation found that the safety guard that was supposed to cover the nip point had been removed two years prior to the accident. No checks had been made to see if this safety guard was in place.
The incident resulted in the HSE bringing a prosecution against CCL Label Ltd for breaching work equipment regulations. The firm pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates’ Court recently and were fined £4,000.