International tyre manufacturer, Pirelli, was fined over half a million pounds for a safety breach at their Carlisle factory.
On two separate instances, workers broke their arms after being dragged into the unguarded machine.
An investigation by the HSE found that the injuries were a result of inadequate guarding around the machine.
Therefore, the company was in breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 which states,
(1) Every employer shall ensure that measures are taken in accordance with paragraph (2) which are effective—
(a)to prevent access to any dangerous part of machinery or to any rotating stock-bar; or
(b)to stop the movement of any dangerous part of machinery or rotating stock-bar before any part of a person enters a danger zone.
Why did this case lead to prosecution?
Even after the initial incident, Pirelli failed to install proper guarding around the machine. Proper management of the health and safety risks associated with unguarded machinery would have identified the problem and build in preventative measures.
Pirelli pleaded guilty to breaching regulations and received a £512,000 fine and ordered to pay costs of £5,820.
A health and safety inspector commented,
“This machine should have been appropriately guarded from first use but, failing that, the first incident should have prompted a thorough review of the machine to identify what additional guarding was needed and appropriate action taken.”
Below, I have summarised the crucial points of PUWER.