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Safety failings cost employee his fingers

7th January 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

A steel company has been fined after an employee sustained crush injuries to his hand, causing him to lose fingers. The accident was caused by an unguarded machine, and proper safety protocol was not observed.

The employee had been working on a production line in Tata Steel UK Ltd’s site in Trostre, South Wales. He caught his hand in a set of steel pinch rolls.

The accident caused crush damage to the worker’s left hand, and caused him to require half of his index finger and part of his middle finger to be amputated.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the machine was not properly guarded, and a risk assessment was not carried out to judge how safe it was to use.

Without knowledge of the risks of using the machine, Tata Steel could not take steps to prevent an accident. Training, safety signage or specialised equipment could have been used to keep employees safe.

Tata Steel pleaded guilty to three separate breaches of Health and Safety legislation, and was fined £25,000 with £8,320 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801679592-ADNFCR


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