Welcome to Stallard Kane Associates

Packaging firm fined over safety breaches

Jiffy Packaging Company Limited, which produces packaging for the food industry and stationery products, was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court today after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The Court heard the worker reached through an unguarded section in the frame of one of the machines to clean ink from a roller. The rag he was using got caught in one of the motorised cogs, causing his hand to be pulled into the rotating cogs. His left thumb was severed, resulting in him receiving skin grafts in hospital and being unable to work for 15 weeks.

Although the company had partially guarded the rollers and cogs of the machine with an interlocked guard, they failed to take adequate measures to prevent access to all dangerous parts of machinery.

The HSE investigation found the company’s risk assessment had been written nine years earlier by an employee untrained in creating risk assessments. The assessment did not identify risks related to unguarded machinery or any control measures.

The court heard the company had previously been served with several HSE Improvement Notices highlighting machinery guarding issues.

Jiffy Packaging Company Ltd, of Road Four, Winsford, Cheshire was found guilty of breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974 and was fined £70,000 with full costs of £53,509.

Added: 09-11-2016
Back

Breaking News

Head Office:
First Floor Offices, 11-23 Market St.
Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
DN21 2BL

Tel: 01427 678660
 

HR and Accounts:
26/26a Hickman Street
Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
DN21 2DZ

Tel: 01427 678660
 

Hull Office:
West 1, West Dock Street
Hull HU3 4HH

Tel: 01482 534 348
 

Manchester Office:
Hyde Park House, Cartwright Street
Newton, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 4EH

Tel: 0161 367 1214
 

Birmingham Office:
2450 Regents Court The Crescent
Birmingham Business Park Solihull B37 7YE

Tel: 0121 69 59 290
 

London Office:
4th Floor, 86-90 Paul Street
London EC2A 4NE

Tel: 0207 111 0958