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Big fine for machinery maker

Big fine for machinery maker
Article Type:
News
Publication Date:
2013-05-17
Jurisdiction:
International

A British court has fined a Dutch machinery manufacturer for supplying a CNC machine which did not comply with European safety standards, contributing to the death of its operator.

The March edition of SHP reports that the incident occurred at the Stockport premises of WFEL Ltd, a manufacturer of bridges for military use. The operator of a large CNC machine noticed a switch was faulty and was able to enter a setting on the machine which allowed him to open the door and access the faulty area while the machine was running. He was fatally crushed when a hydraulic ram descended on his head.

Investigating, the Health and Safety Executive found the machine's Dutch manufacturer, Unisign Produktie Automatisering BV, had failed to ensure it met European machine safety standards. Had it done so, access to the faulty area would not have been possible while the machine was operating.

The Dutch company was fined £200,000 for breaching s6(1) of the HSW Act, and WFEL was fined the same amount for failing to undertake a risk assessment on the machine, failing to ensure safe operating procedures were in place, and failing to provide adequate monitoring and supervision of operators.

Unisign has since fixed the machine and has advised other customers that they need to have the faulty setting changed.

Organisations Mentioned:
WFEL; Unisign Produktie Automatisering BV
Reference No:
130517CA-7834

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