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A maintenance engineer who lost the tips of his fingers in a work accident whilst trying to unclog a blocked machine, could now successfully claim compensation after his employers pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach.
Darren Robins, 41, was carrying out his daily inspections when he noticed that a machine had become clogged by dried paint. Mr Robins worked to remove the paint, which he did successfully. The engineer then asked a co-worker to turn on the machine to see if the chains in the unit were moving correctly.
When the system was turned on Mr Robins' fingers became caught in the system. Although he was rushed to hospital, surgeons were unable to reattach his fingers and he now struggles to complete basic daily tasks.
After the accident, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the worker's employers, Rittal CSM, after concluding that proper risk assessments had not been carried out by the metal cabinet manufacturer.
HSE inspector Melissa Lai-Hung said: "Mr Robins' injuries could have been much more serious and the loss of the tips of his fingers have not only caused him a lot of pain and distress but also meant there are many simple tasks he cannot perform as easily as he did before."
Posted by Francesca Whitney
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