Printer bled to death in tragic accident

Printer bled to death in tragic accident

Printer bled to death in tragic accident

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A PRINTER bled to death after slipping on oil and falling on a guillotine blade in a freak accident, an inquest heard.

Alan Dinsdale, 56, was working alone to replace the metrelong blade of the machine he used to cut printed documents, when he slipped on to the razorsharp equipment, Chelmsford Coroners Court heard.

The court heard a man who was later delivering supplies to Mr Dinsdale’s firm, ATS Print Services, at Fanton Hall Business Centre, Wickford, discovered him collapsed by the machine and alerted police and ambulance services on Tuesday, January 21.

Coroners officer Laura Howarde said: “He was working alone, changing the guillotine blade after having it sharpened, when he slipped on oil and fell forward, suffering fatal injuries to the neck.

“Paramedics attended at 1.25pm and confirmed the death.”

It was initially investigated as an unexplained death by Essex and Kent serious crime directorate, but officers found no suspicious circumstances. The Health and Safety Executive also carried out an investigation.

Mr Dinsdale worked alone and had no employees, so had never been inspected as his premises posed no risk to anyone but himself.

Investigating officer Nicola James said the blade was so sharp if a piece of paper was dropped it would have cut it.

She said: “Our evidence suggests the knife was taken off the previous week and sent for sharpening. The previous afternoon it was collected from the sharpeners to be put back on.”

Coroner Caroline Beasley- Murray asked if the HSE thought the oil had caused him to slip.

She said: “The oil container can be seen in the photograph on its side near the guillotine. We did not find the lid. It looked like the oil spill was not long before and could have been what caused him to slip.”

A post-mortem found he died from blood loss.

Toxicology tests found no drink or drugs in his system.

Mrs Beasley-Murray directed a jury of 12 people to record an accidental verdict.

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9:47am Mon 25 Aug 14

white_van_ man says...

Wrong headline echo, should read man not printer. I was thinking how can a printer bleed to death. Very tragic
Wrong headline echo, should read man not printer. I was thinking how can a printer bleed to death. Very tragic white_van_ man
  • Score: -8

10:02am Mon 25 Aug 14

abd123 says...

The comment about it being so sharp that if a piece of paper fell on it..... etc cannot be true. There is not sufficient weight in a piece of paper to do this even on a razor blade. Sorry to hear the story.
The comment about it being so sharp that if a piece of paper fell on it..... etc cannot be true. There is not sufficient weight in a piece of paper to do this even on a razor blade. Sorry to hear the story. abd123
  • Score: -10

1:10pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Letmetryagain says...

Very sad way to go.
Very sad way to go. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 6

9:10pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Popsiepop says...

Very sad, RIP.
Very sad, RIP. Popsiepop
  • Score: 4

4:24am Tue 26 Aug 14

mudslinger says...

abd123 wrote:
The comment about it being so sharp that if a piece of paper fell on it..... etc cannot be true. There is not sufficient weight in a piece of paper to do this even on a razor blade. Sorry to hear the story.
I work in the print trade, as a printer and a works first aider. I can tell you the blades are incredibly sharp, I have seen people loose the ends of fingers whilst changing blades. I do agree they exaggerated on a piece of paper falling on it would be cut. the blades are heavy and razor sharp. The practice of working alone is widespread in the trade, and is a dangerous practice, its never safe to work alone inside a factory, especially as a severe cut can send you into medical shock, couple that with the fact you can bleed to death in 10 to 15 minutes from a severed artery. its a very sad way to go. my condolences to his family and friends.
[quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: The comment about it being so sharp that if a piece of paper fell on it..... etc cannot be true. There is not sufficient weight in a piece of paper to do this even on a razor blade. Sorry to hear the story.[/p][/quote]I work in the print trade, as a printer and a works first aider. I can tell you the blades are incredibly sharp, I have seen people loose the ends of fingers whilst changing blades. I do agree they exaggerated on a piece of paper falling on it would be cut. the blades are heavy and razor sharp. The practice of working alone is widespread in the trade, and is a dangerous practice, its never safe to work alone inside a factory, especially as a severe cut can send you into medical shock, couple that with the fact you can bleed to death in 10 to 15 minutes from a severed artery. its a very sad way to go. my condolences to his family and friends. mudslinger
  • Score: 6

2:18pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Canveyman24 says...

To white-van-man, people who work in the industry are known as printers, so the headline is correct. Condolences to the family and man in this tragic accident.
To white-van-man, people who work in the industry are known as printers, so the headline is correct. Condolences to the family and man in this tragic accident. Canveyman24
  • Score: 1

5:40pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Nelly99 says...

white_van_ man wrote:
Wrong headline echo, should read man not printer. I was thinking how can a printer bleed to death. Very tragic
Well WVM i thought the same thing. I rushed to my Hewlett Packard in case it was leaking blood. Echo writers are sh*te. No concept of grammar or sentence construction.And Popsiepop...condolen
ces don't mean much unless you knew the person! Save it. Accidents happen to careless people.
[quote][p][bold]white_van_ man[/bold] wrote: Wrong headline echo, should read man not printer. I was thinking how can a printer bleed to death. Very tragic[/p][/quote]Well WVM i thought the same thing. I rushed to my Hewlett Packard in case it was leaking blood. Echo writers are sh*te. No concept of grammar or sentence construction.And Popsiepop...condolen ces don't mean much unless you knew the person! Save it. Accidents happen to careless people. Nelly99
  • Score: -5
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