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Facial surgery needed after paper mill accident

An employee of security print giant, De La Rue has suffered life changing facial injuries after an accident at its paper-milling division.

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The accident occurred at De La Rue’s Bathford Paper Mill

The accident happened on March 16th, 2017, when an employee of the group’s Bathford Paper Mill in Bathford, Bath was helping colleagues to remove paper from a machine.

North Somerset Magistrate’s Court head how the man was stood in a gap between the size press and the after-dryer section of the machine. When he opened a fixed guard, rather than coming down clockwise as expected, the spar drum came down towards him anticlockwise. Before he had time to react, his head became trapped between a spar and the base of the fixed guard.

This accident resulted in a nine-hour operation in hospital for facial reconstruction.

Following an investigation into the incident, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) concluded that De La Rue had not put in place a safe system of work for the removal of broken paper from the after-dryer section of the paper-making machine when operated in reverse.

Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working

HSE inspector, Tania Nickson comments: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working.

“If a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the life changing injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”

De La Rue pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety at work regulations and was fined £300,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,191.70.

We understand the devastating impact this has had on the individual, his family and colleagues and have done everything we can to support them. De La Rue offers our heartfelt apologies. […]

Clive Vacher, chief executive officer of De La Rue says: “We understand the devastating impact this has had on the individual, his family and colleagues and have done everything we can to support them. De La Rue offers our heartfelt apologies that this incident occurred at the mill in Bathford.”

In response to the hearing, an official statement issued by the company says: “De La Rue has a strong health and safety record and is certified to ISO45001:2018 (the International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management). This site had a very good health and safety record.  Following the accident, De La Rue reviewed its health and safety systems and standards throughout its operations.

“In determining the level of fine, the District Judge gave credit to De La Rue for its good health and safety record, its general commitment to health and safety and its response to this incident.

The paper businesses (Overton Mill and Bathford Mill) were sold by De La Rue in 2018, the sale was unrelated to the accident.”

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