Lichfield hand crush injuries: Rom Ltd fined £200,000
Crush injuries: £200,000 fine
Health and Safety Executive v Rom Ltd (2017) North Staffordshire Justice Centre, May 10
Statutory reference: regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).
Rom Ltd, a steel manufacturing company, has been fined following an incident in which a worker suffered severe crush injuries to his hand.
· In October 2015 a worker at the company’s site in Lichfield, Staffordshire, was removing leftover steel from a Koch Straightener which was used for straightening steel wire.
· His hand was trapped between the rotating rollers inside the machine. He suffered serious crush injuries to his hand and lost the top of his right index finger.
· The company had failed to identify the risks associated with workers manually operating the machine.
· No steps had been taken to ensure that the machine was properly guarded. The company had also failed to provide required level of supervision for the activity.
Rom Ltd was fined £200,000 plus £17,000 costs for a breach of regulation 11 of PUWER.