Man suffers hand injury in recycling plant

A worker was rushed to hospital after losing two fingers in a workplace accident. The incident happened at a recycling centre which had already been under investigation after employers were at risk of inhaling toxic fumes from plastics.

The factory takes waste that cannot be recycled by normal recycling plants and turns the waste into garden furniture or fencing. The incident happened when the worker was working using the heavy machinery and got his hand trapped in the workings which pulled his hand in and mangled two of his fingers on his left hand which then had to be amputated.

As a result of the work place accident, the recycling company was prosecuted by the HSE for two charges under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.
The company pleaded guilty to the charges which included insufficient guarding to dangerous, heavy machinery and will be sentenced in November where they may receive a substantial fine.

A company spokesperson said:

“Since that time ……… has reviewed its policies and tightened its procedures to minimise the risk of any similar event recurring and to ensure the health and safety of our personnel and visitors.”

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