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Employee suffers two severed fingers in factory accident

An egg company in Worcestershire has been fined after a worker severed two fingers in an accident at work.

The 25-year-old worker had been cleaning a drain on a production line when his hand came into contact with a heavy-duty blade. The personal injury incident caused him to lose part of his index and middle fingers on his right hand.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that an adequate risk assessment into cleaning the blade had not been carried out. It also highlighted that employees had been able to reach dangerous moving parts while the blade was running.

Redditch Magistrates' Court heard that a similar incident had taken place in 2008 and that machinery instructors had not been properly qualified to carry out training.

As a result of the accident at work the company pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £13,000.


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