Accident at work leads to serious hand injury due to missing guarding

A Berkshire labels company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive following an accident at work which resulted in a worker sustaining a serious hand injury as suitable guarding was missing.

The employee severed a finger on his right hand to the second knuckle and broke his middle finger. The incident occurred at Berkshire Labels Limited in September 2011.

He was attempting to clean a coating roller on a finishing machine. He had removed the roller several times to make adjustments and clean away dried on primer.

He was trying to brush off dried primer from the roller whilst it was in situ on the working machine. But, his right hand became caught in the machine and was pulled in between the rollers, including the one he had just fitted.

The employee, who does not wish to be named, was off work for 6 weeks and had to undergo physiotherapy.

The investigation from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the machine was missing adequate guarding, and had been for some time. Had this guarding been in place, this accident at work would have been prevented.

Swain & Co.’s personal injury lawyers say that this employee’s painful injury should not have happened and was easily avoidable. Had the company fitted guarding, the employee would not have been able to access the rollers.

Unfortunately, being drawn into moving machinery because of inadequate guarding and no guarding at all happens far too frequently.

It is essential that there are robust safeguards to stop workers gaining access to dangerous moving machinery and its importance cannot be overstated.

If you have been injured in an accident at work, you can benefit from contacting our personal injury solicitors for free initial advice on the possibility of making a claim against your employer.

We can also act for you on a no win no fee basis.

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