Firm prosecuted after worker seriously injured on first day

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Firm prosecuted after worker seriously injured on first day

21st January 2011

A metal forming company has been prosecuted after a 19-year-old worker's left hand was seriously injured just three hours into his very first shift.

Walsall Magistrate's Court heard how the teenage worker from Sutton Coldfield was feeding strips of steel through a power press, punching 10cm shapes from the metal, when his hand became trapped in an unguarded part of the machine.

"This incident was entirely preventable," said Karl Tonks, Head of the Employer's Liability department at Fentons Solicitors LLP. "The young man lost part of two fingers barely hours into his first day, simply because his employers had failed to adopt procedures which would have helped ensure his safety and stopped this kind of accident from occurring."

The man's middle and ring fingers had to be amputated at the first joint as a result of the injuries he sustained.

"This case highlights just how seriously machine guarding and proper training must be taken," said Karl, a partner with the firm. "Sadly, we see many cases of inadequately trained workers being seriously injured as a result of working on incorrectly equipped machinery without the necessary training."

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Goscote-based JKL Industrial Services Ltd, of Canalside Close, Goscote, following the incident in October last year. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and were fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £2,534 costs.

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