Sunday, 23 October 2016

Sonoco Cores & Paper fined £126,000 whilst changing a roll on a machine

Sonoco Cores & Paper Ltd., a Halifax paper mill firm, was fined £126,354.00 (inc. costs) after a worker suffered severe crush injuries to his right hand.
The circumstances were:
  • The accident occurred while changing a couch roll on a board machine.
  • The risk assessment for this type of work was not suitable or sufficient, 
  • It had identified the hazard, yet it did not consider the likelihood or severity of the risk 
  • It did not identify appropriate measures to prevent an uncontrolled fall of the machine’s hinged steel arm.
  • The worker’s middle finger was severed in the machine and he required subsequent amputation of  both his index and ring fingers.  
  • He is now registered as partly disabled.

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