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Fine for CBT Packaging Ltd

05/01/12: A Basildon-based packaging company has been fined for an accident in which a glueing machine severed the tips of a worker’s fingers.

The incident occurred on the 22 March 2011 when cleaning paper was being utilised to dry parts of the glueing machine, but when the paper became trapped, line supervisor Lynda Jackson’s right hand was dragged into the machine. The tips of two fingers were cut off.

Ms. Jackson of Harold Hill in Essex suffered significant nerve damage, and was told the damage could be permanent. The line supervisor returned to work after a two month rest period.

CBT Packaging Ltd’s manufacturing location on Paycocke Road, Basildon, was then investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The investigation found that the company’s policy stated to avoid cleaning the machine while the rollers were in rotation, however the general practice of the workers was to ignore the policy.

The prosecution informed the Basildon Magistrates’ Court that the guard on the machine was not sufficient enough to stop workers from accessing the rollers. Furthermore, staff were not given enough training in cleaning the machine in a safe manner.

CBT Packaging Ltd of High Street, Edgware, Middlesex, admitted breaking Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974. The firm was hit with a £12,000 fine and costs of £4,971.45.

Julie Rayner, an inspector for the HSE, said that Lynda Jackson had been failed by the negligence of her own employer by not installing proper safety equipment and by not giving the correct amount of training in this procedure.