Saturday, 12 September 2015

Automotive company fined after employee suffers crush injury in carpet forming machine

International Automotive Components Limited, a West Midlands automotive components company was fined £9,190 (inc. costs) after an employee suffered crush injuries after entering a guarded area of a machine. 
The circumstances were:
  • On 13th Sepetmber 2014, an employee who had just been promoted from operator to tool changer, was maintaining a carpet forming machine.
  • While under supervision, he became trapped when the top hood of the carpet heating press descended on him while he was working.

There are no further details on this, but the only circumstances that this could happen are:
  1. Inadequate guarding
  2. Inadequate isolation/lock-out when entering this area, and/or
  3. Guarding interlocks overridden

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