Employee awarded compensation after severe burn to hand

Posted on 10/26/12 in News, No Comments

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 News Story

This story was originally reported by the Health and Safety Executive on the 6th September 2012


An employee of a Liverpool based rubber manufacturing company was left with a severe burn injury to his left hand, and crush injury to his thumb following his employers failure to meet health and safety regulations.

The health and safety executive prosecuted the company after investigations revealed that no guarding had been fitted to the dangerous machine. This meant that employee’s limbs could easily become trapped.

The court heard how the 47 year old man had been adjusting the machine, which was operating at a temperature of approximately 200 degrees when a clamp trapped the man’s hand against the machines control panel, causing his injuries.  The employee was treated at the Royal Liverpool Hospital but needed nine months off work to recover from the injuries he sustained from being trapped by the machine.

The company admitting being guilty of breaching the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. They had failed to make an assessment of the risks employees faced when using the machine.

The company was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £3,518 in costs.

Following the hearing, a HSE Inspector Phil Readman said:

“If Ley Rubber had carried out a proper assessment of the risks its employees faced then it would have been able to identify the need for guards to be installed on the machine.

“The firm was able to fit suitable guards just two days after we visited the site, but if they had been in place at the time of the incident then it could have been avoided altogether.”

The management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 came into force in 1993 to implement EU law. The regulations require employers to assess the risks that it poses upon its workers. Its focus is on risk assessment, and how this can be used to identify potential dangers, and thus preventative measures which could be taken and applied to avoid the injury of workers.

The regulations place a particular focus on vulnerable workers, such as young workers, temporary workers, and pregnant women.

If you have been injured at work due to a danger you feel could have been prevented, we may be able to help you.

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