Bolton company fined after employee loses fingers

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?Wrapp Recycling of Bradford Street, Bolton was fined £13,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,951

A Greater Manchester-based waste company has been fined after an employee lost two fingers and injured his hand while operating a baler.

Wrapp Recycling of Bradford Street, Bolton was fined £13,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,951 after allowing a worker who had been employed for just eight weeks to clear a blockage in the hopper of the machine while it was switched on.

The worker removed the guard and leaned into the machine to move blocked plastic, yet this activated the ram and crushed his hand.

Two fingers had to be amputated and the incident caused significant damage to his hand meaning he has not yet been able to return to work.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Wrapp Recycling had installed removable guards as blockages were happening often.

Employees were not told of the dangers of removing the guard while the machine was on and the HSE found it was common practice to clear the machine by hand while it was still running.

Catherine Lyon, HSE inspector, said: “Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”


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