Most printing machinery accidents occur at presses during an unsafe intervention. Activities include freeing blockages, cleaning down; making ready; webbing up and maintenance.
The most common injuries are lacerations, cuts and bruises, fractures/ dislocation and crushing injuries to the fingers or hand. Fatal accidents have occurred recently on platens.
The following basic steps can be taken to reduce the risk of machinery accidents:
Chapter 5 of the publication The printers' guide to health and safety 2nd edition which is currently under review contains further guidance on safeguarding a range of printing and print finishing machinery.
HSE guidance is also available specific to the following machinery used in printing;
A simple guide to the regulations that apply to the use of work equipment can be found in INDG291 Providing and using work equipment safely: A brief guide