Multiple Broken Arm Bones for Manufacturing Employee Working with Machine
A manufacturer of self-adhesive vinyl and plastic films, Kay Premium Marking Films Ltd, has been fined after a worker suffered a severely broken arm. His hand was caught by two driven rollers, which pulled him further into the machine, causing significant personal injury.
The workplace accident happened in summer 2019, when the employee was trying to clean the rollers with the slitter machine, which had glue on it. Due to a lack of guards on the machine, it was accessible to workers whilst it was running, causing the machine to injure him as he attempted to clean it. The employee had to go through surgery to pin and plate his broken arm, which was damaged at the elbow, radius, and ulna.
The HSE investigation found that there was a risk assessment for the company. However, the assessment did not adequately identify the dangerous parts of the machine, nor did it illustrate the control measures to stop the elements within the machine to allow safe access.
KPMF pleased guilty of breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment, as well as section 3(1) of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. They were fined £66,000 and are required to pay £9,998 in costs. After the hearing, Seren Linton, the HSE inspector said:
“This injury could have easily been prevented had the risk been identified. Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to identify and minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery.”
Have You Suffered an Injury from Dangerous Machines at Work?
Injuries caused by moving machines caused 4% of all workplace accidents in 2019, they were also responsible for 14 deaths at work. Many of these types of injuries affect the limbs, especially where being trapped is possible, or when sharp elements are involved. Often, machines make work safer, rather than more dangerous. However, in the event of this employee’s broken arm, a lack of clear training and risk assessment can quickly make these machines dangerous.
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