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A workman who wishes to remain anonymous, had to have part of his index finger amputated when his left hand became caught in the moving parts of a machine at premises owned by the Tame Valley Padding Company in Farnworth, Greater Manchester, in May last year.
At the time of this accident, the 27-year-old worker was attempting to remove a build-up of material in the fabric-making equipment when his arm got trapped, resulting in severe injuries to his index finger and ring finger.
He is now expected to claim compensation for the amputation from his employers' liability insurance company.
An investigation conducted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that employees at the Albion Mill plant were able to use the machine as it was running, despite this being unsafe.
David Norton, inspector at the HSE said, "The worker should never have been able to gain access to the dangerous rotating mechanism in the machine while it was still moving."
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