Birmingham worker loses finger due to unguarded machine

Posted on 05/12/14 in News, No Comments

First Reported by the Health & Safety Executive on 30th January 2014:


A HSE Investigation into a Birmingham based company following an accident in which an employee lost a finger, has revealed that the company had failed to abide by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 by removing the guards on machines used by workers.

A 30 year old employee’s finger had to be amputated after it was crushed in an unguarded machine.

The employee was using the machine to fold into metal when the little finger of his right hand came into contact with the moving part. Following the accident the man was unable to work for two months.

When the HSE attended the factory after the accident to inspect the premises they found the guards to the machine had been removed several years previously, meaning dangerous parts of the machine were left exposed.

The company was fined almost £5,000.00 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Paul Cooper said:

“Mr Patyk suffered a painful injury that was entirely preventable.

“Incidents where workers are injured, or even killed, by moving machinery are easily avoided if employers provide suitable guarding. In this case guarding was available but was not being used. “Effective measures were not taken by the company to prevent their workforce from accessing dangerous moving parts.”

“In addition, there was a management failing in that the shop floor manager was not given adequate time to identify or address and health and safety issues.”


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