CHICHESTER, England (Oct. 15, 2010)—A Chichester rubber hose manufacturer has been fined about $19,000 after three workers were injured on its premises over two months.
Oldham Seals Ltd., of City Gates, Chichester in West Sussex, appeared at Chichester Magistrates Court on Oct. 14 after pleading guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined $19,000 and ordered to pay costs of $6,600.
According to court records, on May 6, a hose builder was unwinding a fabric bandage that had been wrapped around a hose mounted on a rotating machine part called a lathe, while it was moving. The bandage wound round his left hand pulling it into the machine. It was tight enough to amputate his thumb and partially removing part of his index finger, according to court documents.
The Health and Safety Executive investigation showed that a further two incidents had taken place on this machine prior to this incident. A different worker had his glove entangled in the machine and he was pulled towards the rotating parts, according to court documents. He suffered bruising and cuts to his torso.
A third worker was winding a rope around a hose he was building on a lathe when his leg was caught and he was pulled towards the machine, court records said. The rope snapped but he suffered severe lacerations to his left leg, records said.