Finger amputated after machine accident

“Appalling” safety standards at a packaging firm led to the amputation of a worker’s finger, a court has heard.

Europlast (Blackburn) Ltd was fined after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed multiple failings on its part.

The 26-year-old employee, who does not want to be named, suffered burns and crush injuries to his hand, required skin grafts and had to have the top half of his middle finger amputated in the incident at the company’s plant at Shadsworth Business Park on 6 June 2012.

Lack of safety guards

HSE inspectors discovered that numerous safety guards were missing or disabled on machines at the premises, while employees had not been given suitable training to carry out the work in a safe manner.

Two other workers had also been injured in similar machinery incidents less than nine months earlier.

Preston Crown Court heard that how the injured man had been working on a machine used to produce bubble wrap. He was trying to remove small pieces of plastic which had become stuck when his hand was pulled in between two rollers.

It remained trapped for several minutes before another employee eventually pushed the emergency stop button.

Claiming for an accident at work

Accidents at work are unfortunately commonplace nationwide.

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

Accident Advice Helpline specialises in such personal injury claims, providing all the advice and support you need to get the maximum possible amount of money.

How much you receive will depend on the type and severity of the injury, as well as a number of other factors that are taken into consideration.

In this case, Europlast (Blackburn) Ltd, of Duttons Way in Blackburn, admitted breaches of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

It was fined £50,010 and ordered to pay costs of £23,102.

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