The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a steel products manufacturing company after a teenage employee suffered a serious hand injury when attempting to clean a dangerous piece of machinery. After a guilty verdict was passed, the company received a fine of £6,000 in addition to being forced to pay costs of £13,000.
The horrific injuries suffered by the teenager happened when he was told by the company director to clean a steel cutting saw. The machinery was still in operation, and no attempt was made by the director to make the machine safe before it was cleaned. Consequently the victim severed 3 fingers and a thumb when his hand was caught in the machinery.
A spokesperson from top accident claim specialists law firm: Accident Advice Helpline, spoke from his vast experience of dealing with the aftermath of such horrific accidents when he said,
“Accidents like this are all too common unfortunately. A simple instruction to clean a piece of machinery was not preceded by a safety check on that machinery, and that is all it takes to cause life-changing injuries to a member of staff.”
He added, “We cannot stress enough the value of a comprehensive programme of training and induction for every new employee, especially in an industry where dangerous machinery is used on a daily basis.”Open Claim Calculator
The 17 year old victim had never used this particular piece of machinery before, had not received any training, and therefore did not know how to stop the cutting blade.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974, which states ‘It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.’
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