Two Fingers Severed by Steel Blade in Work Accident

Hand injury to lead to compensation claim 2542

An unnamed 25-year-old man suffered a serious hand injury in an accident at work in premises owned by Bumble Hole Foods in Fockbury, in August 2010.

The employee severed two fingers when his right hand came into contact with a heavy duty steel blade as he cleaned a drain on a production line.

A work accident investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that the risks of working near this dangerous piece of equipment had not been properly assessed by the company.

In addition, it was also found that Bumble Hole had tasked unsuitable staff members to give employees health and safety training.

Christopher Gregory, inspector at the HSE said this was a typical work accident in that it was "entirely foreseeable and preventable".

"This case shows the importance of learning from mistakes and ensuring that formal advice from the Health and Safety Executive is not ignored," he noted.