Thorntons to face damages claim for broken finger?

An accident at work that resulted in a woman suffering a broken finger could lead to a compensation claim being launched.

Ellen Yardley was injured while she operated a wrapping machine at premises managed by chocolate manufacturer Thorntons - a firm with an annual turnover of more than £218 million - in Somercotes in November 2009.

The 37-year-old was working with equipment that wraps food in foil and got hurt when, during a break in production, she attempted to clean the machine's output chute.

Her right hand was subsequently dragged into the equipment and the woman's middle finger was cut and fractured. She subsequently had to take ten weeks off work.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive established the machine's guard system was unsuitable for use in such a working environment and Stuart Parry of the body commented: "It was entirely foreseeable that the inadequate guarding could lead to injury."

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12/01/2012 14:41