£116k fine for Lincolnshire firm after workers lose four fingers and a thumb
A FIRM which makes disposable paper products has been ordered to pay more than £116,000 in fines and costs after two workers from Sleaford and Navenby suffered hand injuries using unguarded machines.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Staples Disposables Ltd at Lincoln Crown Court after investigating all three incidents at its Fulbeck Heath factory.
Bruno Jorge, 32, of Sleaford had to have his left thumb amputated after getting it crushed in unguarded machinery on a production line on July 26, 2011.
Mr Jorge was off work for several months but has now returned to the company to work on other duties.
Twelve months later, Simon Burnett, 46 of Navenby, lost all four fingers of his right hand after it was caught between unguarded rollers. It is not known whether Mr Burnett will be able to return to work.
Another worker, from Lincoln, also suffered injuries during the same period of time.
After the hearing HSE inspector David Lefever said:
"Staples Disposables Ltd had a poor health and safety management system and failed to suitably supervise factory operations.
"The company was well aware that machines should have interlocked guards in place to prevent people accessing dangerous moving parts of the machinery, yet it continued to put workers at risk over a prolonged period. Injury was inevitable."
Staples Disposables Ltd, of Hurlingham Business Park, Fulbeck Heath, near Grantham, pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching Sections 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and one of breaching Section 3(1) of the same Act.
The company was fined a total of £85,000 and ordered to pay costs of £31,380.