A steel manufacturing company based in St. Helens, has been fined after an employee suffered serious personal injury in an accident at work.
The forty three year old steel worker, who has not been named, was working for Hi Tech Steel Services Ltd, at their plant on the Bold Industrial Estate in Neills Road.
St Helens Magistrates’ Court was told that the man was working on a machine used in the manufacture of thin steel strips but as he attempted to tape up the end of one of the strips, to stop it flapping around, his hand was dragged into the moving machinery.
The worker suffered a 6.5 centimetre long cut to his left hand and the tips of his fingers were crushed in the accident.
Hi Tech Steel Services Ltd was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs totalling £1,797 after admitting two breaches of the Health and Safety Regulations, following a successful prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Speaking after the court hearing the HSE’s investigating inspector stated that it should not have been possible for the employee to come into contact with moving machine parts in this way.
However, taping up the ends of the steel strips while the machine was in motion had become a standard practise at the company, who had failed to carry out an adequate risk assessment of the procedure.