Last reviewed 11 January 2022

Kay Premium Marking Films Ltd has pleaded guilty to breaches of both the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and has been fined £66,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9998.40.

Newport Magistrates’ Court heard how on 25 July 2019 an employee of the company, which manufactures self-adhesive vinyl and other coated plastic films, was attempting to clean glue off a roller within the slitter machine. His hand became caught within the mechanism of the machine and he sustained a broken ulna, radius and elbow. As a result of the incident the employee underwent surgery to have his arm pinned and plated.

At the time of the incident the machine had no guards in place and there was access to dangerous parts of the machine including the driven rollers whilst it was running.

Investigating Health and Safety Executive officers found that although the company had a risk assessment in place, it had failed to identify the dangerous parts of the machine and the control measures required to prevent access to, or stop the movement of, those dangerous parts before a person could enter the danger zone.

Businesses are reminded that under PUWER, they are required take effective measures to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery. This will normally be by fixed guarding but where routine access is needed, interlocked guards (sometimes with guard locking) may be needed to stop the movement of dangerous parts before a person can reach the danger zone.