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A PRINTING company has been fined after a worker lost a finger.

Leharna Bull, from Gosport, had a middle finger amputated as a result of the incident at Ashford Colour Press Limited.

The firm appeared at Fareham Magistrates Court yesterday and was fined £13,000 after pleading guilty to two breaches of health and safety regulations.

The court heard that Ms Bull was at the firm, in Fareham Road, Gosport, attempting to clean the milling blades on the large binding machine. She had removed a fixed guard to access the parts.

At the same time a fellow worker changed a milling bag and the machine was restarted while Ms Bull was still working. The moving blades caught her fingers.

Health and Safety Executive Inspector Alec Ryan said: ‘This was an easily preventable incident that has left a young worker with an irreversible hand injury.

‘It is vital that all maintenance work is properly planned and assessed, and that suitable protection measures are implemented.’