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Two businesses have been prosecuted after pleading guilty to being liable for injuries sustained by an employee at Envirowales' plant in Ebbw Vale.
The unnamed man from Nantyglo was operating a saw as he cut lengths of lead into smaller chunks at the Jamestown Industries plant in February 2012.
However, as he did this, his right hand accidentally made contact with the blade, severing his middle finger.
Doctors were unable to reattach the man's digit and he now experiences constant pins and needles in his palm, as well as poor grip.
A subsequent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the employee was not supervised and his training was not up to the required standard.
Jamestown Industries and Envirowales pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and fines and costs totalling £12,600 were split between the two firms.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Joanne Carter, said: "This work accident was foreseeable and both companies have fallen woefully short of the standard required by law. The injured employee should never have been placed in the position he was."
While the number of incidents recorded by the HSE in recycling centres over the last five years have reduced, employers still have work to do in ensuring staff are properly protected from risks.
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