Worker received crushing injuries to hand after conveyor belt accident

The Health and Safety Executive have investigated a manufacturing company and found them guilty of offences under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after an employee sustained crush injuries to his left hand from the moving rollers in an extrusion line machine.

The accident happened when the employee was attempting to unblock plastic film from an extrusion line which kept jamming. The employees hand was dragged into the moving rollers when he tried to flip the product over the roller which caused extensive damage and lacerations to his left hand but he also damaged his right hand as he struggled to free himself and prevent himself being pulled into the machine further.

The HSE investigation found no safety guards were positioned around the dangerous moving parts of the machine and the company had provided no safe system of work for clearing product obstructions.

The investigation also highlighted the fact that the company had been already made aware of the potential risks with the production line following a previous enforcement action involving the same machine and failed to take any action.

The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £539 after pleading guilty.
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