Employers are being reminded to avoid injury compensation claims by ensuring correct safety procedures when their staff operate machinery and drills.
The warning follows the prosecution of Stoke Forgings Dudley when it emerged that an employee there sustained a severe work injury after becoming entangled in machinery there.
He was working on a six-spindle drill when his clothing became caught in the moving parts of another nearby drill, resulting in a broken wrist and thumb, a dislocated shoulder and damaged nerves and tendons in his forearm.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the worker had not been protected by fixed guards around the dangerous parts of the machinery.
"Drill-related injuries are still all too frequent and companies need to ensure proper risk assessments are carried out on machinery," commented HSE inspector Sarah Palfreyman.
It follows news that chewing gum manufacturer the Wrigley Company was recently fined after a man was seriously injured while attempting to clean machinery at its Plymouth plant.