Oldham tissue firm fined after worker's fingers severed

Oldham tissue firm fined after worker's fingers severed 25707

A tissue manufacturer in Oldham has been fined after one of its staff members had their fingers cut off in a work accident.

Rose Tissues, which prints kitchen roll and toilet paper, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an unnamed 35-year-old employee severed the digits while trying to clean a print roller when it was still running.

After being rushed to hospital, doctors were unable to reattach two of the fingers and this will permanently impede the affected individual's ability to work.

A HSE investigation found two guards on top of the machine, which should have prevented employee access while the rollers were in motion, had not been put in place and were in a storage container.

For this failing, Rose Tissues was fined £10,000 and told to pay £8,000 in prosecution costs.

After the trial, HSE inspector Stuart Kitchingman said: "Rose Tissues had deliberately over-ridden essential electrical locks and cut out switches to allow the machines to run without the guards."

By Francesca Witney