Plastic manufacturing company fined after employee killed

A company which manufactures plastic products has been fined for
safety breaches after the death of an employee.

Leicester Magistrates' Court heard how, on 15 April 2016, a 52-year-old
employee of Nylacast Limited was in the process of removing a cast plastic rod
from a casting machine. The rod was secured in the machine by a pressurised
piston, which should have been depressurised before the rod was removed. As the
employee went to remove the rod from the machine, the metal retaining end cap
and plastic rod were forcibly ejected, with the rod travelling at an estimated
81 mph and hitting him in the chest. He died the following day in hospital due
to his injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company
failed to undertake a suitable and sufficient assessment of the long length rod
machine in order to ensure that all foreseeable hazards had been identified.

Nylacast Limited of Thurmaston Boulevard, Leicester, pleaded guilty to breaching
Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
and Regulation 12 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
The company has been fined £293,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,205.61, as
well as a victim surcharge of £170.

After the hearing HSE inspector Alex Nayar said "Those in control of work
equipment have a responsibility to undertake a suitably robust assessment in
order to ensure that all foreseeable hazards have been identified.

"Had this hazard been identified, suitable engineering controls could have been
devised and implemented to minimise the risk, therefore this death could have
been prevented.”

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)