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Employee injury highlights importance of safety signs

12th January 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

A Liverpool company has been fined after an incident caused a worker to have his fingers amputated, illustrating the importance of safety signs.

Centriforce was ordered to pay £2,500 and over £2,400 in costs as a result of the May 2008 accident, which occurred when a 22-year-old worker Wesley Dickinson was trying to remove an obstruction in a guillotine at the company's premises on Derby Road.

However, precautions were not in place to prevent the machine from restarting, and four of the man's fingers were cut off, illustrating the importance of safety signs.

Martin Paren, an inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, commented: "This incident has had a devastating impact on Mr Dickinson, who is only in his early 20s. He cannot return to his old job and will not be able to do manual work in the foreseeable future."

The case follows the recent prosecution of Meldrum Construction Services, which was ordered to pay £4,500 for failing carry out appropriate precautionary measures, such as erecting health and safety signs, when a telehandler overturned and injured an employee on its premises.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19551720-ADNFCR


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