Havant Personal Injury Solicitor, Vicki Wright, comments on the dangers of defective machinery
A nationally known firm, Biffa Waste Services Ltd, has been fined a total of £20,000 plus costs of £1,542 after admitting breaching health and safety regulations at their Derby site.
A 28 year old agency worker was trying to remove tape that had become wrapped round an external chain drive of a sorting machine. The glove that he was wearing became entangled on the moving chains which severed the tips of his little and ring fingers on his right hand.
Following an investigation, the Health and Safety Executive found that the machine had been fitted with the external chain drive after it had broken down and that it had been brought back into use with inadequate guarding. However, the machine continued to break down on a regular basis and the workers had not receive adequate training in the safe isolation of the drive.
Vicki Wright, Personal Injury Solicitor at Swain & Co says, “It is understood that the company, which is a specialist waste management company, was fully aware that the chains should be properly guarded yet failed to make the necessary arrangements. Once again, this demonstrates the serious risks involved to workers whose employers blatantly ignore safety issues. In this instance, a young man has suffered a serious injury which could so easily have been avoided.”