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Cheshire manufacturer sentenced over finger loss

22-02-2012

A Macclesfield firm has appeared in court after one of its employees lost two fingers in machinery.

The 34-year-old was polishing a 12-centimetre-long piece of metal, spinning on a lathe at up to 850 times a minute, when his right hand was dragged into the mechanism.

His middle and ring finger were cut off to the second knuckle as a result of the incident at the factory, on Adlington Industrial Estate in Adlington, on 24 March 2010.

Proseal (UK) Ltd, which manufactures tray-sealing machines for the food industry, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found the employee had been allowed to wear gloves while working at the lathe.

Proseal (UK) Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to ensure the safety of its employees. The company was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £3,807 in prosecution costs on 17 February 2012.

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