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Warning to users of hand-fed platen machines

Users of hand-fed platen – die cutting – machines are being urged to follow revised  operating and safeguarding guidance to reduce the risk of serious crush injuries and even death.

Two operators were killed in 2007/08 in the UK and HSE is aware of three other fatalities in other countries since 2007.

Current guarding requirements have been effective in controlling the risk of operators suffering crush injuries to their hands and forearms. But as the machines have become larger operators could be putting their lives at risk climbing onto the lower platen.

Warning to users of hand-fed platen machines