Failing to fit safety guards to machines that have exposed moving parts is a major cause of accidents and injuries in the workplace. If you are intent on launching a work injury claim in Somerset for just such an injury, and you wish to do so online, then you should visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website, and complete one of our online ‘no win, no fee’ injury claim application forms.
Many employers still not adequately safeguarding machinery
Although the numbers of accidents and injuries that are sustained in the workplace are falling steadily each year, there are still a number of appalling incidents that occur because machinery in factories do not have the necessary safety guards fitted. It exposes workers to the risk of losing fingers, or worse.
Company regularly exposed workers to risks
As an example, take the case of a 26-year-old worker who lost part of a finger after his hand was trapped in an unguarded machine. If this incident on its own wasn’t bad enough, an investigation carried out by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) found that two other workers had been similarly injured in the same factory nine months earlier.
Company also guilty of failing to adequately trained staff
The fact of the matter was that a number of safety guards were either missing or had been disabled on machinery. That wasn’t all. It was also found that the majority of workers had not been given appropriate training in the safe use of the equipment they were expected to work with.
How the 26-year-old became injured
The injury that the 26-year-old suffered happened when he was trying to remove a small piece plastic from the machine he was working on. His hand became trapped between two rollers. It was several minutes before another worker who came to his aid was able to locate the emergency stop button, and stop the machine.
The injury victim suffered burn and crush injuries. The top half of his middle finger was amputated and he also had to have skin grafts to repair the damage.
Engineering company a repetitive offender
The engineering company had been warned on two previous occasions that they were subjecting their workforce to intolerable risks because of the guards missing from machinery.
The company concerned were fined £50,010 and instructed to pay costs of £23,102 for breaching the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
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Date Published: 30th October 2014