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man injured with shrink wrap machine

published 31/03/2016

A firm has been fined after an operator was injured rethreading shrink wrap machine

Date: 21 January 2016

A company who produce household cleaning products have been fined after an employee suffered serious burns when rethreading a shrink wrap machine. The court heard how the operator of the shrink wrap machine had removed the guard at the rear of the machine to get access to rethread the film. The sealing bar triggered and came down on the operators’ hand causing full thickness burns to the palm and wrist of his right hand.

An investigation into the incident which occurred on 11 March 2015 found that it was common practice for operators to remove a guard to allow access while rethreading the shrink wrap. This allowed access to the sealing bar while the machine was still running.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations of legislation and was both fined and ordered to pay costs.

The inspector said after the hearing: “Companies need to review guarding standards to ensure that they are appropriate to protect employees, taking into account actual working practices and benchmark against relevant standards.”


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