A plastics company from Birmingham has been fined after one of its workers
severed four fingers while using a saw.
The employee was clearing a blockage from a machine at Kalsi Plastics (UK) Ltd on Tomey Road in Tyseley, when the accident at work occurred on 10 August 2012.
Birmingham Magistrates Court heard how the saw blade automatically moved from its operating position to its maintenance position in the base of the machine as it was turned off. But because of its position at the bottom of the machine, the worker did not realise it was still rotating as he attempted to clear the blockage.
His left hand consequently came into contact with the circular blades, severing four fingers. He has been unable to return to work since the accident.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the motor had not been fitted with an injection brake so the saw continued to rotate for around five minutes after the stop button was pushed.
Kalsi Plastics (UK) Ltd was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £2,418 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
“This incident could have been prevented and a man spared from suffering painful, life-changing injuries had there been measures in place to bring the blade to a halt sooner,” said HSE inspector Pam Folsom.
“A number of employees knew that the blade continued to rotate after the power was cut but neither Kalsi Plastics UK management nor its health and safety consultant were aware of the issue.”
A finger injury can have a serious impact upon a person’s ability to work. A range of values for compensation therefore applies – based upon the individual circumstances of the case and other factors.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist with any claim, telling you all you need to know about getting what you deserve. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
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Date Published: January 9, 2014
Author: David Brown