Employees fingers severed due to Engineering Firms failure to abide by Health and Safety Law

Posted on 10/28/12 in News, No Comments

Employees fingers severed due to Engineering Firms failure to abide by Health and Safety Law.

This story was originally reported by the Health & Safety Executive on the 4th September 2012.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-nw-prfengineering.htm

An Skelmersdale based Engineering company pleaded guilty to breaching the Healthand Safety at Work Act 1974 after a 36 year old employees fingers were severed.

The employee was helping to move a three metre wide metal sheet with a fork lift truck. When he stood on the top of the sheet to stabilise it so it could be moved, the workers hand became trapped as the sheet was lowered.

The employee had to be rushed to hospital where his fingers were reattached, although he has only been able to regain partial use of his hand.

The company had failed to make a proper assessment of the risks it posed to its employees by allowing sheet metal to be transported in this way. The company was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £5,164 in costs.

HSE Inspector Imran Siddiqui said: “If [the] Engineering [company had] carried out a proper assessment of the risks its employees faced then this incident could havebeen avoided.”

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires that it is the duty of every employer to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all its employees. Therefore, if you have been injured at work don’t hesitate to contact us, we may be to help.

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