Thursday, 3 August 2017

Murfitts Industries fined £28,000 after work got caught in unisolated baler

Suffolk based Murfitts Industries Limited was fined £28,462 (inc costs)after an employee suffered serious injuries when his hand was got caught in a machine.
The circumstances were:
  • The accident occurred on a baler.
  • The guards were not maintained in a good condition and were not securely fixed to the machine.
  • On 3 February 2016 an employee was trying to clear the blocked baler 
  • The machine was not isolated.
  • His hand and arm got trapped.
  • He suffered a broken arm, loss of skin and muscle damage. His injuries kept him off work for 17 months.

The HSE inspector said:
“Employees of Murfitts Industries Limited were not being adequately supervised to ensure that the safe system of work for clearing blockages was followed. This incident could have been prevented if the worker had received adequate information and instruction.”

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