Worker severs finger on unguarded machinery

An engineering firm has been fined GBP 5,000 and may be subject to an injury compensation claim after a worker’s finger was severed.

TC Industries of Europe was prosecuted after staff member Colin Hicks had a finger cut off by the drive wheels of a pick and place unit.

He was reaching up to activate a switch and resting his hand on the unguarded carriageway to balance himself when the wheels ran over his hand, also crushing one of his other fingers.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the case was made even more serious by the fact that the company has previously been warned to install a guard for the machinery.

"Employers who operate machinery are required to establish how this work can be undertaken safely," commented HSE inspector Dave Shallow.

Mr Hicks’ work injury follows news that a Black Country firm has been prosecuted after an employee broke his wrist and thumb, as well as dislocating a shoulder, after becoming entangled in unguarded machinery.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19287833-ADNFCR

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