Stevenage Magistrates’ Court has fined a Hertfordshire based packaging firm £10,000 and ordered to pay a further £2328 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, 1998.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into how a 20 year old employee suffered a broken arm after cleaning a moving belt on a mailing machine, revealed that during the task, his arm was pulled into the machine and crushed between the roller and the belt.
The court heard that the company had risk assessed the possibility of a limb being caught in the machine but had neglected to ensure it was appropriately guarded.
The incident which occurred in February 2014 has left the employee with difficulties in lifting, flashbacks and the need for medication to sleep.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Sandra Dias stated:
“No matter what industry you work in, machinery should always be adequately guarded to prevent injury.”