Preston Crown Court has fined a Cumbrian based company £15,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident which occurred in February 2015. The court heard that a 21 year old employee suffered serious hand injuries whilst operating a pillar drill which, is used to widen the neck of glass bottles.
The HSE reported that the moving parts of the drill were unguarded and the worker’s glove was pulled into the machinery. The employee’s finger was severed and resulted in her finger being surgically amputated.
The HSE told the court that the company had failed to perform a risk assessment and provide protection from the moving parts of the drill.
After the case was heard, Leona Cameron from the HSE said:
“This incident could have been prevented simply by providing guarding to prevent access to dangerous parts of the machine.”
“The need to guard dangerous parts of machinery is well known with established industry guidance available, and in this case, the result of that guidance being ignored is a serious injury to a young woman.”