A Woking laundry company (White Knight Laundry) has appeared in Court after an employee lost four fingers when her hand was drawn into a poorly-guarded ironing machine

The worker, suffered extensive crush and burn injuries to her right hand and needed surgery to amputate the damaged fingers and part of her hand.

The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident, and prosecuted the company for safety breaches. Investigations found the front finger-guard on the industrial feed-in ironing machine had not been properly adjusted for the task of hand-feeding linen. As a result the gap was too wide and offered inadequate protection to the workforce form dangerous moving parts.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Russell Beckett said the company fell short of the expected standards.

An employer is under a duty to take reasonable care of its employees’ health and safety, and has a duty to ensure the safety of its employees. This standard requires the employer to assess the potential risk of injury against the harm it would cause the employee and the cost of putting safety precautions in.

An employer must provide safe premises, a safe place to work, safe plant, material and equipment and a safe system of working.

If you have suffered an injury, caused by lack of safety equipment or faulty work equipment, then contact our team today at Ringrose Law where we can advise you if you have a claim.

We work hard to ensure that our clients who are failed by their employers get the compensation they deserve.

*Remember always fill in the accident book and report any incidences of a near miss to your employer*

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