Blackburn toilet roll firm fined after worker lost part of finger in ‘avoidable’ incident
Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how the worker lost the top of his right index finger when he touched a moving blade as he fed paper between two rollers, as part of the manufacturing process.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) conducted an investigation into the incident and found it was possible for employees to place one hand on the perforating blade, whilst pressing a button to move the rollers with the other.
The court heard that threading belts, which should have been used to safely feed the paper between the rollers were missing at the time of the incident.
The investigation also revealed that it was also possible to operate the machine with one hand and reach between the rollers with the other.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Leona Cameron said: “After the incident, the company moved the controls for the machine so that operators could not reach the blade when the machine was moving.