Employee breaks finger in work accident

A company from Peterborough has been fined £18,480 after an employee suffered a broken finger in an accident at work.

E-Leather Ltd of Kingsbury Centre, Sturrock Way, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and a breach of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.

It was also ordered to pay £1,144 in costs following the appearance Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.

No protective guards

The 25-year-old woman from Poland, who wishes to remain anonymous, was attempting to clear material from a leather buffing machine when the incident ocurred on 30 October 2012.

As she did so, the feed roller pulled her fingers into a gap between the roller and the feed table trapping her right hand and breaking her index finger.

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive found there were no protective guards around the rotating parts of the machine, meaning workers were constantly exposed to dangerous moving parts.

E-Leather Ltd had previously been prosecuted for machinery safety failings following a conviction in September 2010.

Claiming finger injury compensation

If you’ve suffered an injury in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, then you could be entitled to compensation.

An employer has a duty of care to protect its employees. When they fail in this duty, it is important to ensure they are held accountable through the compensation process.

Accident Advice Helpline can tell you everything you need to know about making a claim, whether it’s for a finger injury or any other type of injury. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.

Source: Gov.uk

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