Worker loses finger due to employers failings to guard machine

Posted on 08/07/13 in News, No Comments

Worker loses finger due to employers failings to guard machine

First published by the Health & Safety Executive on 8th July 2013:

A 22 year old employee lost the tip of his finger after it came into contact with a rotating machine.

The worker was employed in a bakers and the machine was used to round dough mixture into balls. The man was clearing a dough blockage when his finger came into contact with the blade. The finger had to be amputated between the tip and first joint.

The employee was unable to work for three months.

Employers have a duty under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 to ensure measures are taken to prevent access to dangerous machinery or any rotating bar, or to stop the machinery or rotating bar from moving before any part of a person enters a danger zone.

The Health and Safety executive prosecuted the bakery after an initial investigation revealed that the company had identified the risk of the moving machinery in the own risk assessment but had failed to install additional guarding.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Dr Nicholas Tosney said:

“This incident was wholly avoidable. The hazards were identified but effective measures were not taken by the company to prevent access to all the dangerous parts of the machine.

“The simple addition of a tunnel guard to this machine – which the company has now installed – could have saved a young man having to suffer the amputation of part of his finger.

“All employers have a duty to ensure that machinery is guarded properly to ensure that their employees are not put at risk of injury.”

The Company was fined nearly £30,000.00 for its health and safety failings.

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