A plastics company in Liverpool has been reminded of the importance of avoiding work injuries and injury compensation claims after an employee lost four fingers.
Wesley Dickinson, 22, was trying to remove a jam in the guillotine at Centriforce Products when his fingers became trapped in the device.
Doctors were able to reattach two of the fingers severed by the guillotine, but he has been left with very limited movement in his right hand.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Martin Peren said that there should have been a guard on the guillotine to prevent workers from reaching the blade, as well as an automatic mechanism to shut off the power if the guard was opened.
"This extremely serious incident demonstrates how important it is for manufacturing companies to have automatic safety systems, so that the risk of workers being injured is significantly reduced," he added.
It follows news that a construction firm in Gateshead has been fined GBP 4,500 after a forklift truck telehandler overturned, causing fractures to the arm of the operator.