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Buckinghamshire tape firm fined £5,000 after worker lost finger

An adhesive tape manufacturing company has been fined £5,000 after a worker lost a finger in an unguarded machine.

High Wycombe magistrates was told the injured person was working for Technibond Limited at their premises on Millboard Road in Bourne End on 19th August 2014 when the incident happened.

The worker was cleaning one of the machines whilst it was running. The cloth she was holding was drawn into the in-running nip which also caused her finger to be pulled in to the machine.

The damage sustained resulted in her finger needing to be amputated.

The court also heard the machine was not fitted with the Perspex guards supplied by the manufacturer. The defendant was not aware that these guards were available, though instructions on using the guards are contained within the instruction manual.

Technibond Limited admitted to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulation 11(1) at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court and were fined £5,000 with costs of £1,766.

HSE Inspector Stephen Faulkner said after the hearing: “Employers must ensure they prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery and in doing so they must consider hardware controls over information, instruction, training and supervision.

“However, where they do rely on these software controls they must ensure that they are effective to prevent anyone being harmed by the machinery.”

If you have suffered an injury in an accident in the workplace that was not your fault then you could be entitled to compensation.

Contact Lloyd Green Solicitors on 0800 015 5500 for more information.