Southampton worker’s hand crushed by printer roller

Newsquest Media has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after an employee’s hand was caught and crushed in a rotating printer roller.

Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard that the employee and his colleagues had been having problems with paper breaking and wrapping itself around ink rollers. The 49 year old from Southampton attempted to remove a piece of paper from the unguarded roller when it caught his clothing and dragged in his hand.

Newsquest Media (Southern) Ltd, registered at Weybridge, Surrey, was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,560 in costs after admitting a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 in particular, Regulation 11(1) concerning moving parts.

HSE Inspector Guy Widdowson said, “This was an easily preventable incident. It is critical that companies make sure that effective guards are in place on machinery to protect their employees from dangerous moving parts”

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