Posted 25th March

Shower company fined after worker injured

25th March 2019 - 10:10am
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Winsford-based accessible shower manufacturer Contour Showers has been fined £14,000 – with £5,473.21 in costs – after a worker’s hand was caught in machinery.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Contour Showers was trying to clear a blockage from a metal cutting on the 5th July 2017 when the blade cut through the knuckle of his left index finger, damaging the tendon and ligament in his finger and leaving him unable to work for eight months, according to the Health and Safety Executive – HSE.

An investigation by HSE “found that there was inadequate guarding to prevent access to the dangerous parts of the machinery and that training had not been provided on isolation, lock-off procedures and safe systems of work during maintenance activities”.

It added that its investigation found the company had “failed to identify the risks associated with inadequately guarded machinery”. Contour Showers pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

“This injury was easily preventable,” said HSE inspector Lorna Sherlock. “Employers should make sure they properly assess risk and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery.”


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