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Worker’s injuries caused by Lancaster textile firm

December 2, 2012

A printing firm based in Lancaster has made a court appearance after one of its workers was inflicted with injuries to his hand after it was trapped between two rollers that were accelerating at maximum speed.

Abaris Holdings Ltd was found to be guilty by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), not long after the accident took place.

The 56-year-old employee from Lancaster had been attempting to release a piece of material trapped in of the rollers by making use of a plastic tool when the machine was in use.
As he started to move away, his right hand touched the rollers and both his arm and hand became trapped in the machine.

He still had the ability to pull an emergency cord, but the whole machine had to be taken apart so as to release him. He suffered a fractured hand and thumb, a swollen up elbow and required 4 stitches to his thumb.

An HSE assessment discovered that there were no preventative guards or other devices to stop employees getting access to the rollers when the machine was in motion.
Abaris Holdings Ltd entered a guilty plea under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. It was fined £10,000 with associated costs of almost £4,000.
HSE Inspector Matthew Tinsley stated that accidents similar to this one are common in manufacturing industries, but it is the legal duty of an employer to provide safety rails to prevent access to moving equipment.

Even though the employee should be on the lookout for a potential workplace hazard often when keeping to the job is the workers main concern hazardous situations are often difficult to avoid. The easy solution is to eliminate the hazard so that no one is at risk of injury.