A lead crystal manufacturer in Cumbria has been fined £15,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
Greatdale Ltd, trading as Cumbria Crystal, had employed Laura Ponsford who was 21 at the time of the incident, in their premises in Ulverston. The court heard that on 20th February 2015 she was operating a pillar drill to widen the neck of a glass bottle when the latex gloves she was using became trapped in the machinery and led to her hand becoming entangled in the rotating parts. Her middle finger was severed from her hand, leading to 10 hours of surgery which subsequently failed, and lead to further significant surgery which ultimately ended in her losing her finger from the second knuckle upwards.
Leona Cameron, inspecting for the HSE said: “This incident could have been prevented simply by providing guarding to prevent access to dangerous parts of the machine. The need to guard dangerous parts of machinery is well known with established industry guidance available, and in this case, the result of that guidance being ignored is a serious injury to a young woman.”
The HSE reiterated that the incident could have been prevented if a suitable and sufficient risk assessment had been carried out with regard to the drill, and practicable control measures to prevent access to dangerous parts of the machinery had been implemented.
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