Bedfordshire manufacturer in court for worker injuries

A Bedfordshire manufacturer has been fined after two workers were seriously injured in separate incidents at its Dunstable factory.

In the first, on 8 January 2013, Mohammed Janhgir Khan, 45, was operating a winding machine at Palagan Limited, on Tavistock Street, when his left arm was drawn into an in-running nip. He sustained severe bone and ligament damage and was unable to return to work for months.

The second incident occurred nine months later on 12 September as another employee, Maqbool Hussain, 37, was using a printing press with safety guards removed. His fingers were drawn into the in-running nip of the press’ rollers. He suffered ligament damage and was unable to return to work for several months.

Luton Crown Court heard that the Health Safety Executive (HSE) found that effective measures were not taken to prevent access the dangerous parts of both machines.

On 28 August 2015, Palagan Limited, of Tavistock Street, Dunstable, was fined a total of £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £34,372 for single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. 
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