Company fined after worker injured by machinery

A manufacturing company was fined after a worker suffered crush injuries to his left hand from the moving rollers in a machine.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard how on 12 May 2014 a worker at Fiberweb Geosynthetics Limited of Essex was unblocking plastic film in an extrusion line which was jamming the production run. As the worker attempted to flip the product over the roller, his left hand was drawn into the moving rollers causing severe lacerations and crush injuries. As he struggled to prevent himself being drawn into the mechanism, his right hand was also caught by the roller, ripping out his middle finger nail.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, found that the machine lacked any means of isolating its dangerous parts and no safe system of work was in place for clearing product jams. Despite previous enforcement action against a different legal entity of the firm involving the same machine, and a later risk assessment identifying the persistent risks with it, the Company failed to take any action.

Fiberweb Geosynthetics Limited, of Blackwater Trading Estate, The Causeway, Maldon Essex, was fined a total of £20,000, with costs of £539 after pleading guilty to offences under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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  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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