Firm fined over employee finger loss

A West Midlands company has admitted safety failings after a worker severed part of his finger in an unguarded machine.

P&D Group Services Ltd, which trades as IRSP (Insulated Roller Shutter Projects), of Old Bush Street, Brierley Hill, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

It was fined a total of £1,000 and ordered to pay a further £1,414 in costs.

Crush injuries

Dudley Magistrates’ Court heard how the 36-year-old employee, who has asked not to be identified, was operating a rolling mill when the incident occurred on 25 September 2013.

A dent started to appear on the metal strip he was working on, so he tried to feel which component was causing the problem. His glove got caught as he did this, pulling his finger into the roller and severely crushing it.

The top of his finger had to be amputated to below the first knuckle. He had seven weeks off to recover but has since returned to work doing the same job at the company.

Lack of guarding

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive found the machine had been unguarded for an extended period of time.

They concluded the incident would not have taken place if safe and dangerous moving parts were guarded.

Accident Advice Helpline is here to help if you’ve suffered an injury in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault.

A finger injury is one instance where a person may be entitled to seek personal injury compensation.

Source: Express & Star

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