The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported that Tayto Group Limited who manufacture crisps and snacks has been fined after an agency worker lost the tops of three fingers whilst clearing a blockage of material from a machine on the production line.
The workers hand came into contact with shears and three fingers on his right hand were severed, below the first knuckle.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident, found that the guard on the machine was not secured at the time of the incident. The company had not implemented a formal monitoring system on this machine, to ensure that all guards were in place and secure before the machine was started.
After the hearing, HSE Inspector Michelle Morrison said ‘This man suffered a life-changing injury in what was an entirely preventable incident. Employers must have adequate and robust systems to ensure that guards used to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery are in place and secure before machinery is put into use.’
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.
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