28 July 2008
Firm hit with fine after two employees are injured
A company has been issued a financial penalty after two of its workers sustained injuries.
During a recent hearing at Reedly magistrates' court, Janesville Acoustics - a firm with operations in the UK, US, Germany and Mexico - was ordered to pay a total of £2,000 for each incident.
It had pleaded guilty to four charges of health and safety breaches.
In July 2006, a staff member was changing a plastic bag on the dust extraction system when he slipped and his arm became trapped in an unguarded part of the machine, causing him to suffer crush injuries.
Then, six months later, another employee was using his hand to evenly distribute resin in a hopper when he came into contact with a rotating agitator.
The injuries he received to his hand required surgery.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Sheldon Taylor said: "These were entirely preventable incidents had the machines being properly guarded."