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West Midlands glass company in court after worker loses finger

26th March 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A West Midlands glass processor has been taken to court after an employee's finger was crushed in machinery and had to be amputated.

Asif Hussain was helping another worker free a large piece of glass that had become lodged in a machine at Bloomsbury Glass Limited's West Bromwich factory on January 18th 2012 when the incident happened.

Mr Hussain's finger later had to be amputated and he has been unable to return to work.

Bloomsbury Glass Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1988, fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,928.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Amy Kalay said: "This injury should not and need not have happened. It was easily preventable had Bloomsbury Glass fitted adequate guarding to prevent access to the machine's dangerous moving parts."

Ms Kalay stressed that guards and safety systems are "there for a reason".ADNFCR-2754-ID-801562415-ADNFCR


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