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A Blackpool factory worker suffered a serious hand injury in an accident at work. The unnamed member of staff at Tangerine Confectionary in Blackpool had the index finger on his left hand severed, when it was pulled into the moving parts of a sweet-making machine as he attempted to clear a blockage in the equipment.
An investigation into the accident found the injured man had removed a guard on the machine in order to get rid of the item blocking it, but, contrary to Health and Safety rules, the machine did not automatically stop when he removed the guard.
Consequently his employer, Tangerine Confectionary admitted breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The 25-year-old man who had to take five months off work to recover from his injuries, can now start a work accident claim for compensation from his employers’ liability insurance company.
This story comes after news that a Mr John Houston had three fingers cut off during an accident while working at Derek Parnaby Cyclones International in Chilton.
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