Engineering firm fined after worker loses finger
Posted: March 6, 2013
Posted in: Faulty Work Equipment Finger Injuries Workplace Injuries
A Leicester engineering company has been fined after an employee’s finger was crushed in machinery.
Benjamin Asare was using a pneumatic press to insert bearings into their housings when the ram came down onto his right hand.
His index finger was crushed and had to be amputated. Due to on-going problems related to his injuries he has not been able to return to work.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident found that the ram of the machine was running significantly faster than it should – an issue the company had identified when it bought the machine, but had failed to rectify.
In addition, the company failed to undertake a risk assessment of the machine and had devised a system of work that allowed workers’ hands to be in the danger zone.
The company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,182 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
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