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Firm fined after operator injured rethreading shrink wrap machine

Derby Magistrates’ Court heard how the operator of the shrink wrap machine had removed the guard at the rear of the machine to get access to rethread the film. The sealing bar triggered and came down on the operators’ hand causing full thickness burns to the palm and wrist of his right hand.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident found that it was common practice for operators to remove a guard to allow access while rethreading the shrink wrap. This allowed access to the sealing bar while the machine was still running.

Dri-Pak Limited, of Furnace Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), and was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,075.

Added: 26-01-2016

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