After a worker suffered a serious injury, a company has been issued a fine.
A supervisor was cleaning out machinery in between product runs. While doing this, his hand came into contact with a rotating auger. The guarding of the auger was not adequate. The worker sustained injuries as a result. He had a broken finger and required a thumb amputation.
The Health & Safety Executive conducted an investigation into the circumstances. The guarding of the bagging unit conveyer and auger was not adequate. This allowed access. This meant that the machine did not comply with safety reach distances.
The company in question pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £33,333 and ordered to pay £670.53 in costs. They were also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £180.
An Inspector from the HSE spoke after the hearing. ‘Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery.
‘This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.’
Avoiding Breaches and Fines
Incidents such as this show the importance of ensuring that your equipment is up to date and safe. It is very easy for busy companies to let their standards slide when it comes to Health & Safety, but this only causes more problems in the long run.
Make sure that your working environment is legally compliant by regularly checking the safety of your equipment. Generally, dangerous machinery should be reviewed annually, but it is always vital to check the guidelines that are specific to your equipment.
If you unsure about your responsibilities when it comes to Health & Safety, why not get in touch with us today? If you have any queries, our team is happy to help. Our consultants are also on hand to advise when it comes to your company’s risk assessments and safety on site.
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