Hand trapped in machine accident at work

Accident at work could lead to compensation claim 2507

An accident at work resulting in the loss of a finger could lead to a member of staff pursuing a claim for compensation.

The employee, who has not been named, lost one of his figers when trying to clear a blockage on a piece of equipment at Merit (Feeds and Storage) at Oakenclough Mill near Garstang.

He sustained the injuries after his right hand became caught in the machine's rollers and this resulted in the loss of his middle finger.

A hearing at Preston Magistrates' Court was informed the worker had been ordered to carry out the task despite the fact he could open the door on the device while it was still operating.

The company was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £2,163 in prosecution costs following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Andrew Jewitt, investigating inspector from the HSE, said, "If it had made sure all its machines were properly guarded to prevent access to dangerous parts, then one of its employee's could have avoided suffering permanent injuries to his hand."

Posted by Emily Swanson

03/04/2012