Compensation could be awarded for finger injury

An engineer could pursue a claim for damages after he lost part of a finger during an accident at work.

James Hill was working for Metal Closures Huddersfield - an independent manufacturer of tin and aluminium packaging components - in August 2010 when his hand came into contact with the moving parts of a power press.

Mr Hill had recently been recruited by the firm to help in the development process of running and de-bugging a new production line incorporating two presses at its premises.

At the time of the incident, the professional attempted to remove several crushed caps from the jammed machine with some pliers when a colleague accidentally restarted the equipment.

This resulted in his right index finger getting amputated just below the second knuckle.

John Micklethwaite, inspector with the Health and Safety Executive, commented: "Power presses are inherently very dangerous machines, as everyone in the manufacturing industry knows."

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20/03/2012 15:58