Friday, 2 March 2018

The combination of exposed rollers and gloves causes loss of finger

A J Metal Products Limited was fined £25220 (inc.costs) after a worker lost their finger after it got caught whilst operating a machine used for bending metal.
The circumstances were:
  • The incident occurred on a machine where there was unguarded access to in-running rollers.
  • The injured person was wearing gloves.
  • A glove on the injured person's hand was caught in the rollers, pulling his index finger and thumb in.
  • Surgery couldn’t save the worker’s finger and it had to be amputated.

The HSE Inspector said:
“This incident could have been easily prevented had measures been taken to control the risk of workers’ hands being pulled into this machine. Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery.”
SSS comment: If gloves are worn near moving machinery, they must have low tensile strength so that they rip, rather than draw the hand in

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