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Factory owners fined for work-related accidents

Work-related accident compensation is likely to be claimed by an employee of a chicken processing firm in East Anglia who lost part of the skin on the back of his hand in a carcass de-skinning machine.

Thetford Magistrates Court was told of the personal injury suffered by the worker when his left glove was caught and his hand dragged on to the cutting blade at the factory where 365,000 birds are processed each week.

The machine had inadequate guards to prevent injury, there was no emergency stop button and the worker's gloves did not offer sufficient protection.

The firm was fined for breaching health and safety law in relation to that incident in July 2009 and a further one five months later in which another employee's hand was crushed in the lifting mechanism of a forklift truck.

Workers required to reach into the back of refrigerated trailers regularly stood on the forks of a forklift truck because the company had not supplied any other way to perform the task safely, the court heard.

As a result, the victim of the workplace accident lost a finger, an incident which the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) representative prosecuting the case said, as with the earlier case, should not have happened.

The Diss-based company had failed to take simple safety measures to prevent the men from suffering serious and painful hand injuries.

After pleading guilty to breaching health and safety law, the company was fined a total of £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,500.

Now that liability has been proved, the two victims may now be able to pursue cases for work-related accident compensation.


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