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An accident at work that left a man with life-changing injuries may lead to him pursuing a claim for compensation.
Roman Banach has not been able to return to his job working for Northampton-based grain company Genteel Associates since an incident in August 2011, in which he lost three fingers and the thumb on his right hand.
At the time of this accident, the 49-year-old was reaching into the chute of a machine at premises owned by the firm in Wellingborough when he inadvertently touched the mixer's unguarded blades.
Consequently, four of the five digits on his right hand were severed to the first joint and the severity of his injuries mean Mr Banach still experiences pain in the affected area of his body to this day.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the incident and established that Genteel Associates failed to adequately guard the mixer in order to restrict worker access to its dangerous components.
In addition, two other machines at the site were also found to have guarding issues, which led to the watchdog imposing Prohibition Notices on all three of these pieces of equipment, meaning they are all out of bounds until the firm has made them safe and fit for purpose.
During a case heard at Wellingborough Magistrates' Court, the organisation admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was issued with a fine of £18,000 for its negligence. As such, Mr Banach could now be eligible to seek civil damages from the firm.
Elizabeth Hornsby, inspector at the HSE, commented: "It took a serious incident and an extremely painful injury to an employee for the company to start identifying and controlling the risks in their business. Had this happened sooner, these serious personal injuries could have been avoided."
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