Sunday, 21 February 2016

Defeated interlock on press cause finger injury and £41,000 fine.

Walraven Limited, an Oxford based company who supply heating equipment, was fined £41,353.60 (inc.costs) after a worker suffered injuries to his fingers in a hydraulic press.
The circumstances were:
  • The employee was setting up a horizontal press.
  • It had become custom and practice to defeat the interlock during the set-up of the press.
  • The risk assessment for the work was inadequate and had not been reviewed regularly.
  • Because the press had a defeated interlock, when he inadvertently activated it, it crushed the tips of his index finger and thumb.

The HSE inspector said:
“A risk assessment needs to be suitable and sufficient and carried out by a competent person. It should identify the risks associated with all aspects of a machine’s operation including setting and maintenance. Had this been the case then the defeated interlock would have been identified and suitable control measures put in place”

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