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Toilet paper firm fined following severed finger

23 January 2018

A toilet roll manufacturer has been forced to pay £120,000 after an "avoidable accident".

Toilet roll manufacturer Accrol Papers was fined £120,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9326.40 after an employee severed part of his finger in an 'avoidable' incident.

Accrol, based in Blackburn, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to a health and safety offence at Manchester Magistrates Court after a 22-year-old man had part of his finger severed in May 2016.

The company admitted fault after it was revealed the company had been aware of the risk of serious injury before the incident, but had taken no action.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) conducted an investigation into the incident and found it was possible for employees to place one hand on a perforating blade, whilst pressing a button to move the rollers with the other. The investigation also revealed that it was also possible to operate the machine with one hand and reach between the rollers with the other.

 
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