Man loses finger in unguarded machinery accident at work

A 53 year old man has lost his finger in an unguarded machinery accident at work while feeding metal sheets into a conveyor.

Brian Allen was working for Ardagh Metal Packaging in Merthyr Tydfil, a tin can factory, when the accident occurred in January 2011. He was feeding metal sheets into the conveyor of the coating machine when his wedding ring became caught and his finger was severed.

Mr Allen now suffers from continuing pain and discomfort and is unable to grip properly with his hand since the accident at work.

Both Mr Allen’s employer and the company that supplied the machinery were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The HSE investigation found that Crabtree, the company who supplied the machinery, had installed the machine without suitable guards, which allowed workers to access dangerous moving parts.

Ardagh, the employer, failed to identify risks to works from using the unguarded conveyor.

Melanie Lidstone Land, expert personal injury lawyer at Swain & Co, says, “This accident at work was entirely preventable.”

“The machine supplier supplied a machine without adequate guarding and the employer failed to identify the risk despite the practice of hand feeding sheets into the machine being well known to workers.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident at work that was not your fault, Melanie is happy to offer free initial advice to discuss the potential of making a claim for compensation.

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