Food firm fined over finger injury

A food company based in the Park Royal area of London has been fined after a worker lost the ends of two fingers.

The 45-year-old employee of Dina Foods Ltd suffered partial amputation of the ring finger and serious injury of the little finger of his right hand, after it was caught in a rotating drum that he was trying to clean at the premises on Gorst Road.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident on 4 May 2013 concluded that the firm did not make sure the machine’s guarding prevented workers from getting too close to dangerous moving parts.

The worker spent four days in hospital as a result of his injuries and has been unable to return to work since.

Finger injury claim

A finger injury can be debilitating, severely impacting upon a person’s ability to work and earn a living.

In the case of an accident at work, the injured party may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation from their employer.

Accident Advice Helpline can assist with this as it has a vast amount of experience when it comes to personal injury claims.

Guilty

HSE served an enforcement notice on Dina Foods Ltd prohibiting use of the machine in question until it was sufficiently guarded and advised the firm of the need for regular checks on machine safety in food factories.

The company was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £1,477 in costs after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

“It is not uncommon for employees in manufacturing industries to be injured when cleaning unguarded, operating machinery,” said HSE Inspector Saif Deen.

“The law specifies the measures that should be taken and HSE will prosecute companies which have sub-standard safety precautions in place.

“If Dina Foods had ensured the machinery was suitably guarded, the incident would not have happened.”

Source: Kilburn Times

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