Accident at work to lead to compensation?

A man could decide to seek compensation after an accident at work resulted in him losing two fingers.

The unnamed 47-year-old got his hand caught in a piece of machinery at premises owned by Dugdale Nutrition in Clitheroe, Lancashire, in June 2009 as he attempted to clear a blockage in the equipment.

This incident occurred when a colleague switched on the machine without knowing he had his hand in it.

However, an investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the proper protection guard was not in place at the time.

During a case at Accrington Magistrates' Court, the firm - which was established more than 160 years ago - admitted breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Matthew Tinsley, inspector at the HSE, commented: "The company broke two health and safety laws by not providing a suitable guard and installing the isolator switch in an out-of-reach position."

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28/10/2011 15:47