West Yorkshire Printing Firm Blamed for Worker’s Injury

A printing Firm in West Yorkshirewas fined £4,000 when an employee had a finger and thumb shattered after his hand was drawn into the dangerous moving parts of a printing press.

He was cleaning the machine when his hand was drawn into a nip point between the impression drum and the roller. As a result of his injury he needed a skin graft and also had to have his thumb and index finger pinned and held in place for several months after the accident causing pain and inconvenience.

The accident occurred at CCL Labels in Castleford in February 2012. The prosecution was brought by the Health and Safety Executive at Leeds Magistrates Court.

The Court was told that the accident would not have occurred if there had been proper protection in place against injury from dangerous parts. The Company pleaded guilty to breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, reg 11(1).

The Court also heard that the accident would not have happened if the Company had not removed the guards from the machine some two years earlier.The Company was fined £4,000 and had to pay costs of nearly £2500 in addition to the fine.