Kent Firm Fined after Worker Injures Hand
A Kent based firm that produces seals and labels has been prosecuted after an accident at work incident in which a worker sustained hand injuries when using a printing press.
At the time of the incident, an employee of Fuji Seal Europe Limited (FSE) was attempting to clean the blade of a printing press when his hand was pulled into the machine. As a result the worker suffered fractures and a loss of skin to fingers on his right hand. A titanium fixture was later put in place in order to support the worker’s middle finger.
Investigation & Sentencing
After an investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive it was found that the system of work in place was ‘flawed and unsafe’ and that there was no guard on the machine.
After pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Fuji Seal Europe Limited was fined £160,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £12,000.
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