Man lost four fingers in accident at work

Hand injury could lead to compensation claim 2258

A work accident which resulted in a man suffering a severe hand injury could lead to him seeking compensation for his ordeal.

Shaun Alexander lost four of the fingers on his right hand, as well as sustaining serious damage to his thumb and palm at premises owned by the 2 Sisters Food Group, a firm established in 1993 that now has around 16,000 employees in Flixton.

The 42-year-old's hand was pulled into two rotating parts of a food processing machine and crushed, as he attempted to remove a blockage from the equipment.

An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a safety guard had been removed from the machine beforehand, and the company has now admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Julie Jarvey, inspector for the HSE said, "This work accident was easily preventable. Mr Alexander will have to live with the consequences of someone else's mistakes for the rest of his life."

27/10/2011