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Engineering firm fined over safety breach

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard H. Mullins (Earby) Limited, which produces precision engineered components, used Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines as part of the production process, including machining centres, milling machines and drilling machines.

The guards on the machines comprise of a sliding door which is interlocked. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector found the interlocks had been deliberately defeated on three CNC machining centres and a CNC milling machine and the interlock was broken ona CNC drilling machine.

HSE prosecuting told the court this action allowed employees to access dangerous parts of the machines during automatic CNC operations leading to a risk of serious injury.

The court heard the company had been served with HSE Improvement Notices following an inspection in 2008 and a letter sent in 2012 highlighting similar issues.

Added: 17-08-2015
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