It has been reported that the Company, Board 24 Limited has been fined after an employee suffered life changing injuries to his hand when it was trapped in machinery at their premises (http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/cardboard-manufacturer-prosecuted-after-workers-hand-crushed ). The Company had been warned in an audit 15 months previously that the machinery did not have suitable and sufficient guarding in place.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found Mr Newbold was trying to clear board which was wrapped around the rollers. However, the court was told that while Mr Newbold‘s action was the accepted method of clearing blockages, there were no guards to prevent access to the dangerous moving parts of the machine.

The HSE stated at the trial “The company had not put reasonably practicable measures in place to prevent access to dangerous moving parts. The risks from machinery are well-known. It was inevitable that sooner or later someone would gain access to the dangerous moving parts and a serious injury would occur. This was a totally avoidable incident which could and should have been prevented. ”

If you are in an accident at work, it may not be at the fault of your employer, however if it could have been avoided then you may have a claim for personal injury.

We at Ringrose Law understand it can be difficult for some people to consider action against their employer, it should be remembered that they have Employer Liability Insurance for this very reason and it is a requirement of law that they have it in place.

Contact our Personal Injury team today at Ringrose Law where we can advise you if you have a claim.

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