Employee loses finger in workplace accident

A manufacturing firm has been fined by the HSE after one of its employee’s lost a finger in an accident. The employee had been working at the company for a year and was using a power drill at the time of the incident.

The woman was widening the neck of a bottle when one of the gloves got caught in the power drill which then severed her middle finger.

She had to go through 10 hours of surgery to reattach the finger but unfortunately the surgery failed and she had to have a partial amputation on the figure on her right hand.

The HSE told the Court that the worker should not have been wearing gloves whilst using that particular piece of equipment.

The company were fined £15,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11 (1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulation 1998.

An inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, said: “The need to guard dangerous parts of machinery is well known with established industry guidance available, and in this case, the result of that guidance being ignored is a serious injury to a young woman.

“Everyone has the right to work in a safe environment and had a suitable guard been in place at the time this accident could have been avoided.

“Immediately after the accident a thorough review of processes and procedures was undertaken involving Health and Safety specialists and improvements made.

“The assistance offered included keeping her on full pay, offering to privately fund any treatment not covered by the NHS and offering to accommodate her return to work in an administrative capacity or in the shop.

“The Judge accepted that the breach was not deliberate and in no way was linked with trying to save money or increase profitability. She also noted that company had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and cooperated fully with the investigation. ”

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