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The unnamed man was mixing product ingredients in a blending machine at premises owned by Bee Health in Bridlington last March when his hand became caught in its rotating parts.
During an investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was established that one of his colleagues had previously removed the fixed guard on the equipment, as well as a valve that needed replacing.
As such, the machine was unsafe for use and the employee's index digit on his right hand was cut off, while he also suffered nerve damage to his middle finger.
Denise Fotherham of the HSE observed: "The company didn't look at the risks involved with operating the blender. As a result, no one knew the valve should not be removed, not even the regular machine operator."
Recently, John Hughes also had a finger amputated in an accident at work while operating for Caledonian Building Systems in Nottinghamshire.
Posted by Emily Swanson
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