A manufacturer of car care products has been fined GBP 50,000 and may face an injury compensation claim after a young employee in Bury lost three fingers to a serious work injury.
Robert Karpowicz, 21, was operating a powder mixing machine he had not been trained to use at Tetrosyl’s factory in the town when the incident occurred.
He opened an unguarded hatch on the machine to obtain a sample while the blades were still running, resulting in the loss of three fingers.
Mr Karpowicz has been unable to work since his injury and has also been unable to pursue his sporting hobbies.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Chris Smith said the case highlights the human tragedy that underpins statistics of industrial injuries.
"It is the employer’s duty to ensure risks to safety within the workplace are adequately assessed and that correct control measures are implemented to avoid injury," he added.
The dangers of unguarded machinery were recently brought to light after a worker in the North East lost a finger while working with a pick and place transfer unit.