Printer fined for serious safety breaches

The Artisan Press Limited appeared before Leicester Magistrates’ Court after a worker became trapped in machinery. Whilst working on a stacker at the end of a web-fed printing press, the employee tried to replace a bearing but his head became trapped between dangerous moving parts and the fixed machine. This caused multiple skull fractures and the injured person spent over two weeks in a medically-induced coma on a life support machine and is now deaf in his left ear with no movement in his left eye and has had to learn how to walk again.

The company were found to have failed to take effective measures to prevent access to dangerous moving parts of the stacker. A gate to the dangerous area was neither fixed in place nor interlocked, meaning there was free access to and around the dangerous moving parts of the stacker, which was not isolated from its pneumatic power supply. The Artisan Press Limited was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay around £6,000 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

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