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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Health and Safety News

    Firm fined over worker’s hand injury

    By David Brown on March 18, 2014

    Firm fined over worker’s hand injury

    A Welwyn Garden City manufacturing company has admitted safety failings after an agency worker suffered a serious hand injury.

    The 33-year-old worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, was in the process of clearing a blockage on a poorly-guarded palletiser machine at Sika Ltd’s factory when the incident took place on 12 October 2012.

    He was attempting to restart the machine after removing the blockage when his right hand was struck by a moving part.

    As a result he suffered multiple fractures of his hand and lacerations and was unable to return to work to perform a similar role for several months.

    Hand injury claim

    Hand injuries can range from those which affect the bones to those where tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels are damaged. Nearly all of them, however, can be very painful and lead to time off work.

    It is therefore, important that you seek compensation to keep you ticking over financially while you recover.

    This is something Accident Advice Helpline can assist with. It has vast experience when it comes to handling work injury claims.


    An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Sika Ltd, which makes speciality chemicals for the construction industry, had failed to properly assess the risks from using the palletiser.

    It also discovered that the machine guarding was inadequate to prevent access to the dangerous parts, while insufficient training and instruction had been provided to workers.

    The company, of Watchmead, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, was fined a total of £17,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,219 after admitting two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

    “The hazards from automated machinery, notably palletisers, are well known and there is a history of serious and fatal accidents occurring at palletiser machinery,” said HSE Inspector James Wright after the hearing.

    “Clearing blockages can lead to sudden start-up or movement of machinery so adequate guarding and isolation procedures are essential.”

    Source: Welwyn Hatfield Times

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    Date Published: March 18, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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