Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Inadequate guarding results in loss of finger

Swansea company ITW Limited, which manufactures plastic sheeting was fined £26,018 (inc.costs) after an employee suffered serious injury when his hand was caught and dragged into machinery.
The circumstances were:
  • There was inadequate guarding along the length of the production line, despite ITW Ltd having identified the risks.
  • On 30 May 2012 an employee was part of a maintenance crew repairing a break in the plastic sheeting processed by this line.
  • He was rethreading broken plastic sheeting into a pinch roll when his gloved hand was caught and dragged into the rollers. 
  • The first finger on his right hand was so badly damaged it was surgically removed below the knuckle.

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