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Two personal injury compensation claims could be launched against a manufacturing company following two separate work accidents that caused hand injuries.
Dudley-based steel tube maker Marcegaglia was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after two employees, including an apprentice who had started just three weeks earlier; suffered serious hand injuries within a month of each other.
In the first incident in November 2011, a 23-year-old man suffered two fractured bones when his right hand was crushed while he reached through a gap in a machine's guard to pick up a steel coil.
Then, just two weeks later, a 20-year-old apprentice severed the end of his thumb when it got trapped in part of a piece of tube-manufacturing equipment and was unable to return to work afterwards.
During a case heard at Dudley Magistrates' Court, Marcegaglia admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was penalised to the tune of £11,000 for its negligence.
Posted by Emily Swanson
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