International paper firm hit with fine after staff injury

International paper firm hit with fine after staff injury

A major supplier of packaging to the food industry has been hit with a £50,000 fine after a worker was seriously injured in an industrial accident.

DS Smith Packaging had admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act at its plant in Louth at an earlier hearing before Skegness magistrates.

Now at a sentencing hearing before Lincoln Crown Court (5 March) the heavy sentence was handed down after details of the case were given by officers from the HSE.

The court was told that in June 2010 proper safety guards and sensory equipment on the semi automatic re winding machine at the site in Louth were not in place.

As a result new employee Darryl Bushnell, 27, who was still undergoing training, caught his hand in between the webbing and the spindle. He was partly dragged into the machine and suffered a severely fractured arm and broken ribs.

Describing the events HSE officer Emma Madeley said: “Although his trainer had not pressed the button to start the machine Mr Bushnell could not alert him that he was trapped. Both men were wearing ear plugs and the trainer was facing the control panel. He could not see or hear there was a problem. So he pressed the button and the spindle rotated on full speed.

“Mr Bushnell was then thrown over the top of the machine and only came free when the webbing tore, falling on to the floor.”

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