Manufacturing firm fined after worker injured by machinery

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A manufacturing company has been fined £20,000 after a worker’s hand was partially severed when caught in machinery.

ADA Machining Services Ltd employee Ashton-under-Lyne was using a Richards 16ft vertical boring machine when he stepped onto the rotary table to check the internal boring cut but slipped and fell on the table on March 24, 2021.

On his third attempt to steady himself after slipping, his hand was sucked into the running pinch and he suffered a partially severed hand. He remains unable to work.

The Health and Safety (HSE) manager found that there was no adequate guarding to prevent access to dangerous parts of the machinery and an inadequate risk assessment for the use of the vertical drill .

The HSE investigation also revealed that it was customary and practical to walk on the rotary table of the machine while the vertical drill was in operation.

ADA Machining Services Ltd, of Richmond Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety etc Act 1974. September 20, 2022.

The company, which is a subcontractor to the machining sector specializing in heavy components, had previously pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) on the provision and use of work equipment May 12, 2010 for an entrapment accident on a vertical boring machine.

The HSE provided advice on safeguarding these machines at the time, so the company had been aware of the risks for several years and should have taken corrective action to prevent a second accident of the same nature from occurring. reproduce.

HSE Inspector Lorna Sherlock said after the case: ‘This injury was easily avoided, and the risk should have been identified and eliminated when the company received advice on the protection of this machine from the HSE. 11 years ago.

“Employers must ensure that they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimize the risks associated with hazardous parts of machinery.”

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