Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Spectral colours fined after unstable machine toppled

Spectral Colours Limited was fined £25,444 (inc.costs) after a worker was crushed under machinery.
The circumstances were:
  • The accident occurred on a dispersion mixing machine  on 30 April 2014.
  • This machine was not properly fixed to the ground.
  • A worker was cleaning this machine.
  • He sat on one of the clamping arms when it suddenly toppled over and pinned his leg underneath the machine.
  • He suffered a fractured ankle and serious crush injuries to his foot.

The HSE inspector said:
“This case highlights the need for all duty holders to ensure all machinery in their workplaces are properly fixed and maintained to the required safety standard. If Spectral Colours had been more thorough in ensuring that the installation of the machinery was completed properly then this accident wouldn’t have happened.”

SSS comment: The fine was only £3000, with the remaining £22,444 being costs.  Bearing in mind that the Sentencing Guidelines are now in place, this is incredibly low.

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