Harold Hill woman’s fingertips severed in gluing machine accident

A Harold Hill woman had the tips of two of her fingers sliced off when her hand became trapped in rollers of a gluing machine.

Her employer CBT Packaging Ltd, in Basildon, was this week fined �12,000 with costs of nearly �5,000 at Basildon Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to breaching a health and safety law.

Line supervisor Lynda Jackson, 57, was using cleaning paper to dry machine parts when the paper got caught between two glue rollers and her right hand was pulled into the machine on March 22, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said.

An HSE investigation found that although the company’s policy was not to clean the gluing machine while its rollers were rotating, it was standard practice to ignore this.

Staff were not given adequate training in how to clean the machine safely, and the guard it had been fitted with was not well enough maintained to prevent access to the rollers, the HSE added.