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Work Equipment

BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety

A worker suffered a degloving injury when his hand got caught between two power driven rollers of an extruder machine while performing a manual intervention on the machine.  The investigation found that the company had failed to ensure the in-running nip point between the rollers of the machine was adequately guarded to prevent access and that the unsafe condition had existed since July 2012 up until the accident in February 2018.  The HSE Inspector pointed out that the injury was preventable and that the risk should have been identified.

Plastipack Limited of St Leonards-on-Sea plead guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5800.

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