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    MACHINERY INSTALLER PROSECUTED AFTER HAND SEVERED

    Failure to integrate machinery properly with the existing work equipment

    Lisec (UK and Ireland) Ltd has been ordered to pay £250,000 in fines and prosecution costs after workman lost his hand whilst carrying out maintenance on glass cutting machinery in September 2007.

    The 34-year-old maintenance technician was investigating a fault on a new tilt table at the UK’s largest glass manufacturer, Solaglas. The table was part of a glass cutting line manufactured and installed by Lisec (UK and Ireland) Ltd four months earlier.

    Teesside Crown Court heard the injured maintenance technician was on his hands and knees trying to ascertain the cause of a fault and had activated the emergency stop. HSE investigators found that there were faults within the programme controlling the movement of the glass and the fault was “exacerbated by the installation of the new tilt table and the failure to integrate it properly with the existing equipment”.

    Installers need to ensure new equipment is compatible with existing

    Lisec (UK and Ireland) Ltd, of Telford, Shropshire, was found guilty (29.05.12) following a month-long trial to breaching Section 6(3) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £150,000.

    After the case, HSE Inspector Martin Baillie said:

    “This horrific incident should never have happened. Once he had put the table into an emergency stop condition, it should not have been possible to release the glass.

    Installers of machinery need to ensure that new equipment is compatible with the existing equipment and that the complete line complies with the essential safety requirements. That includes ensuring machinery is unable to move suddenly when an emergency stop has been activated.”

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