No matter which industry you’re in, you have to always be on top of your health and safety responsibilities as this recent company who was fined is proof of.
A manufacturer specialising in medical equipment have been fined at Magistrates’ Court following an investigation carried out by the HSE. Citing a lack of supervision on critical machinery, the firm was ordered to pay almost £15,000.
Two separate incidents over the course of two years resulted in injuries to two employers. The first in June 2011 left an employee with a fractured finger after improper handling of materials on a lamination line. The second occurred in September of 2013 and left a female worker with cuts and bruising on her hand after getting it caught between two parts after trying to get rid of an obstruction on the production line.
Both of these accidents were avoidable and have been attributed to negligence on the part of the firm. Not only had they failed to properly monitor machinery, but they has also resorted to overriding interlocks on machinery: an accident waiting to happen.
After the ruling, HSE inspector Stephen Green was quoted as saying:
“Although the injuries sustained to these workers were relatively minor, they could have been much worse. This type of incident is still far too common despite the fact that workers have lost limbs, been disabled and, in the most severe cases, even lost their life because of inadequate or missing guarding.
“Both incidents were easily avoidable. Guards had been removed on the first occasion and interlocked guards were overridden in the second. Taking guarding away from machines or overriding systems to allow access to dangerous parts should be only carried out with considerable planning and with alternative safe systems of work in place to protect workers. It must not be routine, as was the case here.”
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