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Worker sustains injury from packaging machine

A packaging company based in Essex has been fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,069 following an incident in which a member of staff suffered an industrial injury.

The 20-year-old was working with a machine which made cardboard tubes when his right hand was pulled into it. He had to take eight days off to recover following the work accident due to serious bruising.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that the machine had not been set up properly, meaning that the machine should have stopped before the worker's hand was pulled in.

The HSE also discovered that a similar incident had occurred four months previously, yet the company had still neglected to improve the safety of its machines.

It is vital that companies carry out risk assessments and protect the safety of their employees so they can reduce the risks of workers sustaining an industrial injury.

Any staff who suffer non-fault injuries as a result of their employer's negligence could be eligible to make a compensation claim against them.


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