HSE warns of the dangers of unguarded machinery as Manchester tile company is fi

Monday, 11th Feb '08 at 16:02

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning employers to ensure they have effective measures in place to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery. The warning follows HSE’s prosecution of a Manchester company after a maintenance engineer lost the tip of his finger.

Pilkington Tiles Ltd of Clifton Junction, Swinton, Manchester was today fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,500 at Trafford Magistrates Court after pleading guilty of breaching Regulation 11 (1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

On 4 April 2006, maintenance engineer Brian Wallis caught his fingertip in the running machinery of the conveyor belt he was adjusting when it suddenly started up.

HSE inspector Sandra Tomlinson said: “This was a wholly avoidable incident had the company followed the correct procedures. The danger of unguarded machinery cannot be highlighted too much. It is the employers duty to ensure that risks to safety within the workplace are adequately assessed and that correct control measures are implemented to avoid injury".

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