If you operate machinery in the workplace in Sedgemoor, you must be especially vigilant. Not just in Sedgemoor, but in any workshop anywhere within the UK. If you lose concentration, and the machine is not fitted with good safety guards, you could suffer a significant injury. If you do, you can enlist the online ‘no win, no fee’ service that Accident Advice Helpline offer to raise an injury claim in Sedgemoor.
Worker has to have 2 fingers amputated
A worker in Dudley, who was trying to correct a loading problem with a high friction welding machine, inadvertently pushed the wrong button, which closed a hydraulic arm holding a jig onto his left hand. The jig trapped his fingers so forcefully it crushed his middle and ring fingers. The injury was so severe that both fingers had to be amputated. The 49 year-old worker had to take three weeks sick leave but has since returned to work.
Safety feature purposely designed
In the subsequent investigation carried out by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), it came to light that the machine had been purchased from another company who had modified it, overriding certain safety features. Under normal circumstances the safety enclosure could not be opened without stopping the machine. However, the modification removed this safeguard.
Design flaw meant workers were put at risk
It was also found that the design of the machine meant that the manual buttons were positioned dangerously close to the pneumatic fixture. This brought the operator into the risk zone, exacerbated by the fact that the cut-off feature has been disabled.
The HSE received an anonymous tip-off
The accident was not reported to the HSE. It was brought to their attention four weeks after the event by an anonymous tip-off. Following the tip-off the HSE paid an unscheduled visit to site and discovered other hazards, such as a radial arm drill being operated without a safety switch.
The company was fined £53,000 and ordered to pay costs amounting to a further £3,100, having pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and breaching the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995, plus the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
Raising a workplace injury claim in Sedgemoor via Accident Advice Helpline
If you’ve suffered a serious injury in the workplace because the machinery you were working with did not have the appropriate safety systems in place, you’re entitled to raise an injury claim in Sedgemoor, to obtain compensation from your employer.
Over the 14 years that Accident Advice Helpline has been assisting people to obtain the compensation that they were due for injuries sustained in the workplace, we are now considered one of the leading workplace injury compensation lawyers. When you work with us you will benefit from
- A ‘no win, no fee’ process with renowned customer support as recommended by Esther Rantzen
- Use of our 30 second interactive HOW MUCH compensation calculator
- Use of our free 24/7 helpline – 0800 689 0500 from landlines – 0333 500 0993 from mobiles
Date Published: 30th October 2014