Firms have been warned that they may face fines and injury compensation claims if they fail to ensure safe working with heavy machinery, after a worker’s foot was crushed in Staffordshire.
Manufacturing company Hotchkiss was prosecuted and fined GBP 14,000 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee suffered a severed toe and broken bones when a forming head fell on his foot.
An investigation discovered that the company had failed to carry out a suitable risk assessment of the machine and should have identified the need for lifting equipment to be used in the task.
"We see so many incidents like this where employees are working without proper systems or with insufficient training and supervision," commented HSE inspector Wayne Owen.
"Couple this with inadequate or unsuitable equipment, and it is only a matter of time before people are injured or worse."
The incident comes soon after a worker in Bury, who had not received adequate training, had three fingers severed by a powder-mixing machine.