Company fined £10,000 after accident at workA company has been fined £10,000 after an accident at a factory resulted in a worker’s leg being crushed in machinery.

The accident happened at a recycling factory in Swinton when an employee’s leg became trapped in machinery. As a result of the nasty accident, he sustained severe crush injuries to his leg and has had to undergo extensive surgery in an attempt to save his leg.

At the time, the employee had been trying to remove a blockage from a glass sorting machine. During the prosecution, the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) heard that employees regularly entered unsafe parts of the machine to remove blockages, and that the dangerous moving parts of the machine were left unguarded. As a result of this, the company were ordered to pay a £10,000 fine.

A spokesperson from the HSE commented, “A worker has suffered severe injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life because his employer failed in its duty to ensure he stayed safe at work. This wasn’t a one-off incident. Instead, workers were routinely expected to climb onto the conveyor belt to clear blockages from an unguarded part of the machine, putting their lives at risk. It was therefore almost inevitable that someone would be injured.”

Employers have a duty to make sure their staff are safe whilst they are at work. If they fail in this duty, and you become injured as a result, you may be able to claim accident compensation. Also employers must have insurance which will cover an accident claim, and indeed they must display their certificate of insurance in the workplace. Therefore if the claim is successful, it is the insurance company who will pay the compensation and not the employer.

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Freeclaim Solicitors. Accident at Work Compensation Specialists.

Published: 29th October 2014