Company fined £20k after worker severs fingers in industrial accident
A Nottinghamshire-based company, which provides processing support for the food and brewing industries, has been prosecuted following an industrial accident in which a worker severed four of the fingers on his right hand.
The 53-year-old was trying to feed clogged powder into an industrial mixer through a discharge tube when his fingers caught the rotating blade. He lost the tips of his index and little finger, and his middle and ring finger to below the first knuckle in the incident.
Nottingham Magistrates' Court heard that the man was unable to return to work for seven months following the accident, and his personal injury meant that he still struggles with everyday tasks such as using a mobile phone, cutlery, and fastening buttons.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that there was no guard in place on the machine to prevent workers from accessing dangerous parts – if a sufficient guard had been fitted then the accident could have been prevented.
The firm was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,674 following the industrial accident.