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Cardboard manufacturer prosecuted after worker’s hand crushed

Leicester Crown Court heard Andrew Newbold had to have his hand amputated after the incident at Board 24 Limited at their factory..

Mr Newbold, 54, of Whitwick was in hospital for three weeks. He suffered crushed fingers and burns to his right hand, his arm was degloved and he suffered a frozen shoulder when colleagues rescued him from the machine. He had two operations but surgeons were unable to save his hand. The effects on Mr Newbold have been life-changing.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found Mr Newbold was trying to clear board which was wrapped around the rollers. However, the court was told that while Mr Newbold‘s action was the accepted method of clearing blockages, there were no guards to prevent access to the dangerous moving parts of the machine.

HSE found Board 24 Ltd had been warned in an audit 15 months before the incident that machinery within the plant did not have suitable and sufficient guarding or comply with the current work equipment regulations.

Board 24 Limited of Franks Road, Bardon, Coalville pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined a total of £50,000.The Court ordered the company to pay a further £18,458.76 in costs

Added: 30-10-2015

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