Shepherd Neame, a famous brewer based in Kent, England has been fined £10,000 following a horrific work accident that led to the loss of a finger for one of its workers. The accident occurred in June 2014 and led to an agency worker suffering the loss of one finger and damage to another finger and thumb.
The Health and Safety Executive had started a prosecution against the firm following the accident. A production machine was running in a fenced-off section of the brewery. The agency worker who suffered the injury, Billy Scanlan, had gone into the area to hose down a section of the area. During this process he lost his footing and reached out to try and grab onto something to break his fall. Unfortunately he grabbed part of the machine. At first he didn’t realise what had happened, but it soon became clear he had caught his finger in the machinery. Although he freed his hand he realised he had taken off the top section of his index finger. In addition he suffered crush injuries to another finger and to his thumb. He has not returned to work since.
How common is it for a worker to lose a finger at work?
Thankfully this type of accident isn’t common at all. There are numerous safety procedures in place that are designed to ensure a horrific work accident of this type cannot occur. The vast majority of employers take every conceivable step to ensure they do not provide any degree of risk or danger with regard to their employees. This could reasonably include providing proper training, safety equipment and proper machinery that is safe to use for the job in hand.
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Suffering this kind of accident can be devastating. However it is what you do next that could have a bearing on how you move forward. If you’ve lost a digit while at work and there is evidence that negligence was involved, get in touch with AAH now. We have a free 24/7 enquiry line you can call right now – the number is 0800 689 0500. Make sure you are in a good position to make a no win, no fee* claim. We may be able to put your case in front of a professional injury compensation lawyer who will do their best for you.
Date Published: February 22, 2015
Author: David Brown