Swansea Magistrates’ Court has fined a Swansea based company £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,018 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into how an employee suffered serious hand injuries, highlighted safety failings.
The court heard that the employee was part of a team of workers tasked with repairing plastic sheeting. The worker was threading broken sheeting into a machine called a pinch roller, when his hand became caught and pulled into the mechanism.
The incident occurred in May 2012 and resulted in the worker having part of his finger surgically removed.
The HSE told the court that the company had identified the risks associated with using the machinery, but had failed to adequately guard the production line.