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Hull firm in court over worker's injury

A Hull company has been fined for safety breaches after a worker suffered severe injuries to his hand when it was trapped in a badly-guarded laminating machine.

Agency worker Steven Spencer, 36, had his left hand drawn into the rollers at Excel Laminating Ltd., on Leads Road, as he was feeding paper through the machine. His little and ring fingers were left hanging off and his middle finger was lacerated down its entire length.

Mr Spencer, of Spring Bank West, Hull, had only worked at the firm for three weeks prior to the incident on 29 January 2010. He was in hospital for four days and needed two operations. He still suffers pain and has undergone physiotherapy on his fingers and hand.

On 13 September, Hull Magistrates' Court heard that Mr Spencer's hand was trapped between a laminating roller and a board as he was setting up the machine.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the guarding of the laminating rollers was inadequate and didn't prevent access to the crush hazard posed by the roller pairs, or the roller and plasterboard.

Excel Laminating Ltd. of Geneva Way Business Park admitted breaching Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and a second offence under Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations. The company was fined a total of £2,000 and ordered to pay £5,451 in costs.


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