Man fractures two fingers in accident at work

Broken bones to lead to damages claim 2290

A man sustained broken bones during an accident at work that was not his fault. The unnamed 52-year-old worker suffered fractures in two fingers, as well as burnt forearms and a twisted knuckle, when his hands got trapped in a machine at premises owned by Amber Composites in May last year.

He was injured while attempting to clean the equipment, the machine was still running and one of his gloves got caught in its moving parts causing the broken bone injuries. He subsequently had to spend a week in hospital before then taking five months off work.

Amber Composites admitted breaching Health and Safety regulations and Fiona Coffey, inspector for the Health and Safety Executive said "This was an entirely avoidable incident which left a man with severe hand injuries."

"The company had a legal duty to prevent access to dangerous parts of their machinery, but failed to comply with this duty," she added.

Posted by Francesca Witney 

11/11/2011