Two work accident hand injuries in one month

Manufacturer to face damages claims after workplace accidents 2750

Two personal injury compensation claims could be launched against a manufacturing company following two separate work accidents that caused hand injuries.

Dudley-based steel tube maker Marcegaglia was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after two employees, including an apprentice who had started just three weeks earlier; suffered serious hand injuries within a month of each other.

In the first incident in November 2011, a 23-year-old man suffered two fractured bones when his right hand was crushed while he reached through a gap in a machine's guard to pick up a steel coil.

Then, just two weeks later, a 20-year-old apprentice severed the end of his thumb when it got trapped in part of a piece of tube-manufacturing equipment and was unable to return to work afterwards.

During a case heard at Dudley Magistrates' Court, Marcegaglia admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was penalised to the tune of £11,000 for its negligence.

Posted by Emily Swanson ADNFCR-1500-ID-801562086-ADNFCR

26/03/2013 15:29