Paper shredding company fined after worker suffers severe hand injuries

Shred-it Limited, of Foresters Green, Trafford Park, Manchester pleaded guilty to safety failings after an new employee was injured by a shredding machine.

The company appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court and was fined £18,000 with costs of £1,375 and a victim surcharge of £120 for breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The court heard that on 31 December 2013 Stuart Rolls, who had only worked for Shred-it Limited for two weeks, badly injured his right hand when it came into contact with a mobile paper shredding machine at the company’s site at Ridgeway Industrial Estate in Iver, Buckinghamshire.

Although Mr Rolls had only worked at the company for a short while, he was alone in the shredder compartment. He tried to free a piece of paper by reaching into the shredder and his right hand came into contact with the shredder knives. Mr Rolls lost a finger, part of his thumb and the top of another finger.

The company had failed to effectively prevent access the dangerous parts of the machinery.

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive 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.
  2. Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”
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