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A printing company in Norfolk has been fined for safety failings after one of its workers injured his finger in a poorly guarded machine.
The 44-year-old affected was working for Swallowtail Print on Drayton Industrial Estate when the work accident took place on November 1st 2012.
Norwich Magistrates Court were told that the staff member opened the service compartment on a printing press to make adjustments, but because components were unguarded he was able to directly touch a moving belt and pulley.
His finger became entangled in the mechanism and was almost severed - resulting in a three month leave of absence.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that a guard had been removed five weeks earlier, but had not been replaced.
For this error, Swallowtail Print was fined £6,700 and told to pay £3,030.10 in prosecutions costs, as well as a £120 victim surcharge, after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
By Francesca Witney
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