Man suffers severe injuries to his hand in machinery accident

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A 34-year-old man has suffered severe injuries to his left hand by rotating blades in work related accident.

The employee was attempting to find a blockage in the dust extraction unit in a metal recycling process. When he reached up into the exit of the extraction unit's rotary valve his hand became caught in the rotating blades.

His employers, were fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,614 after pleading guilty to beaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

The company had failed to undertake an adequate risk assessment of the safety of workers operating the part of the recycling process that involved the use of rotating blades. The company had also failed to ensure that appropriate measures were in place to prevent access to dangerous parts of the machinery.

They had put its workers' lives in danger by not providing a safe working environment and by doing so an employee suffered severe injuries. All employers have a duty to protect their employees whilst they are at work.

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