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Fine for Greif UK Ltd

A company that specialises in creating steel containers in Cheshire has been successfully prosecuted after a worker severed part of his finger in the firm’s Ellesmere Port-based factory.

The worker, aged 55, who didn’t wish to have his identity revealed, was removing debris from a chain at the time. His hand was pulled into the mechanism situated under the rotating table when his glove was caught and the tip of his index finger was severed. As a result, the Oil Sites Road-based factory was visited by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which opened an investigation.

The 5th of July 2012 saw the Chester Magistrates’ Court hearing that the employee had been working with the rotating table when there were no guards in place. This lack of guards meant that moving parts could be accessed whilst they were in use.

Greif UK Ltd admitted its guilt to breaking the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998, and were subsequently handed a fine of £6,000 with additional legal costs of £3,699 on top of it.

The company has since introduced fencing around the equipment that automatically turns off the machine when the gate is opened up.

Martin Paren, a HSE Inspector, said after the hearing that the company had failed to complete its job and had been negligent in its duty of care to the worker. He went on to say that this incident had been entirely avoidable and that’s why the fine was handed down to the company.