Unguarded machine causes injury


The HSE has reported that the company, Chris C Hazel Haulage’s has been prosecuted for safety failings after an employee suffered extensive injuries in an unguarded machine.

Please contact our Personal Injury Team today at Ringrose Law where we can advise you if you have a claim.

The injured employee was walking past the large shot blasting machine, when the leg of his overalls got caught in the drive mechanism. As he tried to free himself his hand was drawn in and his right thumb severed in the incident in 2013, he also fractured his upper arm, broke his lower arm, shattered his wrist and broke most of his fingers. He has not returned to work for the company and is still receiving treatment for the effects of the injuries.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that Mr Hazel did not have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment for the machine.

Christopher Charles Hazel was fined £8000 with costs of £10,464 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

After the hearing HSE inspector Wayne Owen said: “Christopher Hazel had nothing written down about the machine, nor did he pass on suitable information about it so that those using it would understand the significance of the guard not being there.

“It is imperative that machines such as this are properly guarded to ensure people to not have access to dangerous moving parts. The consequences can be horrific, as a trusted employee found out to his cost.”

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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