Risk assessment failed to identify entanglement risk

An engineering company based in the Peak District has been fined after a worker was injured when his hand was trapped between rotating machine rollers in March 2015.

Stockport Magistrates heard how the 50 year old fabricator and welder from Manchester, was involved in the manufacturing of aluminum parts using a three roll bender when the gloves he was wearing caught between two of the rollers. He lost the ring finger on his left hand and his middle finger was “mangled”.

Inadequate monitoring and review

HSE investigators found the risk assessment was not suitable and sufficient and did not identify the risk of entanglement from wearing gloves. There was inadequate monitoring and review of risk assessments and procedures, and no competent health and safety advice at the company.

The firm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,843.