Work safety reminder after fingers severed in accident

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Work safety reminder after fingers severed in accident

18th January 2010

The Health and Safety Executive's prosecution of a plastics-recycling company this week is a stark reminder of the importance of safety in the workplace.

The Liverpool firm Centriforce Products Ltd was fined £2,500 after a worker had four fingers cut off by a guillotine at the company's premises in May 2008.

The court heard that the employee had been trying to remove a jam in the guillotine when his fingers became trapped. Doctors were able to reattach two of his four fingers and he now has very limited movement in his right hand.

Karl Tonks, a specialist in workplace accidents with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said this latest incident reinforced the importance employers should attach to safety issues.

"Employers must try to ensure that employees can carry out their work in the safest way possible, bearing in mind the type of job that they do, the materials and equipment that they work with and the tasks involved," said Karl, a partner with the firm.

"The Health and Safety Executive estimates that individual employees lose around five hundred and fifty eight million pounds a year in reduced income and additional expenditure as a result of accidents at work. The victims and their families also suffer further in the form of pain, grief and loss of amenity.

"This case is a real reminder that employers need to ensure that the place, or places, where you work and their premises in general are safe for all their staff," he said.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of accidents in the workplace

If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

Source: HSE