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Glass manufacturing firm fined for worker's severe injuries

A worker from County Durham has suffered severe personal injuries after his hand was severed in an accident at work.

The 34-year-old had been carrying out maintenance work on a glass-cutting machine with a colleague when the incident took place.

He had been inspecting sensors on a large 6 x 3 metre sheet of glass weighing almost a tonne when a colleague mistakenly set off the release system and caused the glass to fall onto the workers hand, severing it at the wrist.

Surgeons reattached his hand with partial success but due to the severity of his personal injuries he was off work for several months while he recovered.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the work accident found that there were faults within the programme controlling of the sensor.

The glass-manufacturing firm appeared at Teeside Crown Court where it was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £150,000.

Speaking after the case an HSE inspector commented that the accident at work could have easily been avoided had the correct safety requirements been put in place on the machine.


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