Fareham Magistrates’ Court handed down fines and costs of over £14,000 to a Gosport printing company after employee Leharna Bull had to have the middle finger of her right hand amputated as a result of an incident. Ms Bull had taken off a fixed guard as she tried to clean the milling blades on a large book-binding machine.
Another employee was changing a milling bag where paper dust is collected, and restarted the machine when Ms Bull was still working with the fixed guards open. She was unable to react in time and the moving blades caught her fingers. This accident could have been prevented by better planning and a safe system of work. Had the company carried out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, they would have been able to prevent the dangerous practice.