Hand injury at work could lead to accident compensation

Worker could launch legal action after accident 2814

A worker at a tin can factory could launch a legal claim against his former employer after an accident.

Brian Allen, 53, was feeding metal sheets into a conveyor coating machine when his wedding ring got caught on a moving part; ripping his finger from his hand. The man was rushed immediately to hospital, where doctors were unable to reattach the severed finger.

Since the work accident occurred, the man has been unable to effectively grip objects with the injured hand and has suffered sustained pain and discomfort.

After the accident, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation that found Crabtree - a machinery supplier - had given Mr Allen's employers unsafe equipment that should not have been used in factories.

The conveyor system should have had a guarding system in place, but was sent without these safeguards attached.

Despite this, Ardagh Metal Packaging, the company the injured man worked for, failed to identify potential risks its employees might face by using the equipment.

This resulted in the issuing of an Improvement Notice by the HSE - meaning the conveyor had to be made safe before it could be used again.

Ardagh Metal Packaging was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £11,754 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court.

Crabtree was fined £3,000 with costs of £14,570 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992.

After the verdict, HSE inspector Paul Cartwright, said: "Brian Allen sustained a painful injury as a result of an incident that was entirely avoidable.

"Risk assessments by Crabtree identified that the conveyor could cause injury and a warning was included in the operating manual, but it nonetheless supplied the machine without adequate guarding.

"Ardagh, meanwhile, failed to identify the risk despite the practice of hand feeding sheets into the conveyor being well known to operators."

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