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Two companies fined after worker loses left leg

02-03-2015

Photo shows the metal frame which caused Vincent Suttons injuriesA Tameside factory worker had to have part of his left leg amputated after he was struck by an 850kg metal frame being delivered to a plant in Glossop, a court has heard.

Two firms have been ordered to pay nearly £50,000 in fines and costs following an investigation into the incident on 5 January…

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Waste industry dangers highlighted in court

22-04-2013

Metal fragmentiser

A Lincoln man suffered life-changing injuries because of a series of safety failings at the waste recycling plant where he worked in Scunthorpe, a court has heard.

The 25 year-old worker had his arm severed when he tried to clear a blockage on a conveyor forming part of a metal sorting line. The …

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Packaging firm fined £200k over worker's severed fingers

21-03-2013

The remains of the workers glove in the machine at the Smurfit Kappa factory in Hensingham

A packaging firm has been fined £200,000 after an employee severely injured both of his hands when they became trapped in heavy machinery at a Whitehaven factory.

The 25-year-old from Egremont, who has asked not to be named, lost four fingers and severed parts of two others in the incident at th…

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Macclesfield window firm fined over severed finger

26-02-2013

The poorly guarded rotating saw at East Cheshire Glass in Macclesfield

A Macclesfield window manufacturer has been fined after one of its employees had a finger cut off by a rotating saw.

On 25 February, East Cheshire Glass Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at its factory on London Road on 30 July 2010.

Macclesfield…

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Brick firm fined after worker loses thumb

25-02-2013

The brick pressing machine which caused the workers injuries

A West Yorkshire brick making firm has been prosecuted after safety failings at its factory led to a worker losing a thumb and having his hand almost severed in a poorly-guarded press machine.

The 60 year-old man was taken to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield after the incident at Normanton Bric…

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Severed finger leads to prosecution of food manufacturer

08-10-2012

A Herefordshire food manufacturer has been fined after an employee severed her finger in an inadequately guarded machine.

Ewalina Giedziun, aged 29, from Hereford, sustained the injury while working on a suet packing line at Q Cold Limited's Ledbury site on 17 October last year.

The tip of her…

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Outdoor advertising giant prosecuted for safety failings following serious injury in Bristol

28-08-2012

Outdoor advertising company Clear Channel UK Ltd. has been fined after an employee's hand was caught in a petrol-powered lawn mower in Bristol.

In a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Bristol Magistrates Court heard that the maintenance worker was working at a bil…

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Port berth operator fined after worker's legs amputated

06-08-2012

A berth operator at an Essex Port has been fined £20,000 for safety failings after an employee had both legs amputated after they were crushed by a cargo container.

William James, 73, was working on Stanton Grove Limited's berth 47 within the Port of Tilbury when the incident occurred on 26 …

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Cheshire manufacturer fined over severed finger

12-07-2012

A Cheshire firm which makes large steel containers has been sentenced after one of its employees lost part of a finger at a factory in Ellesmere Port.

The 55-year-old man was trying to remove debris from the chains under a rotating table when his hand was pulled into the mechanism.

His emp…

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Bacon curing firm fined after worker's fingers severed

12-07-2012

A Walsall bacon curing company has been fined after an employee lost three fingers while operating machinery.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted John Cox Cold Stores and Distribution Services Ltd., trading as Midland Bacon Company, after Daniel Wilfred severed three fingers when h…

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Two firms fined for Telford incident

04-07-2012

Two companies have been fined for safety failings after an employee lost three fingers and part of his thumb.

The 37-year-old man had been working with another employee for O'Neill Concrete Pumping Ltd. to pump concrete into a garden in Wrockwardine, Telford, on 27 February 2010.

When the job …

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Firm fined after 16-year-old worker's finger amputated

29-06-2012

A West Midlands food production company has been fined after a 16-year-old worker had to have his finger amputated.

The teenager was clearing a blockage on a biscuit crumbing machine at Phoenix Brands Ltd. in Bilston on 25 November 2011.

He reached too far into the hopper and his right hand wa…

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Amputation leads to fine for kennel firm

28-06-2012

A Staffordshire kennel company has been fined after a worker amputated his finger on a circular saw.

Antony Capewell, of Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent was working at Ultra Kennels Limited at its Chesterton site when the incident happened on 11 May 2011

He was using a circular table saw to make …

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Worker lost finger in wood planing machine

28-06-2012

A Hampshire glazing company has been fined for safety breaches after a worker lost part of a finger in a woodworking machine at its factory in Aldershot.

Norbert Pietrzkiewicz's little finger on his right hand was drawn into a cutting block rotating at 7,000 rpm as he worked on reducing the …

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Company fined after worker's fingertip is severed

21-06-2012

A Cardiff manufacturing company has been fined after a worker lost the tip of a finger while using an unguarded drill.

Vaughan Thomas, 21, from Caerphilly, was working at MIB Manufacturing Limited's factory on Rising Sun Industrial Estate, Blaina, when the incident happened on 26 April 2011.

T…

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Adhesive firm fined after worker loses part of thumb

24-05-2012

An adhesive tape manufacturer has been prosecuted after a 19-year-old agency worker severed his thumb in machinery at a factory in Wellingborough.

The worker had only been working at Latrave Ltd. for three weeks when the incident happened on 25 August 2010.

He was being trained to fix a kn…

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Bolton pallet factory convicted after fingers severed

02-05-2012

The machine the employee was working on when his fingers were severedA Bolton pallet manufacturer has been convicted for health and safety offences after a factory worker's fingers were cut off by a rotating saw.

The 27-year-old lost three fingers on his left hand, down to the second knuckle, while working at Frank Hill Ltd. on the Scot Lane Industrial Estat…

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Egg firm fined after worker's fingers cut off

30-04-2012

A Worcestershire egg company has been fined after a worker severed two fingers while cleaning a drain on a production line.

The 25 year-old employee lost part of his index and middle fingers on his right hand when it came into contact with a heavy duty blade at Bumble Hole Foods Ltd., Fockbury,…

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Tower Hamlets building contractor fined after carpenter's fingers severed

24-04-2012

Grand Plans (UK) Ltd. has been fined after a worker's hand was severely injured by an unguarded power tool.

A prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was brought after the incident on 14 October 2009, when the self-employed carpenter was working on the refurbishment of flats.

Th…

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Worker's leg amputated following forklift incident

23-04-2012

A Cardiff-based cargo company has been fined after a lorry driver had part of his leg amputated after being struck by a reversing forklift truck.

Robert Deverell, from Risca in Caerphilly was at the Cardiff Docks premises of Cargo Services (UK) Limited, as his lorry was being loaded with 18m stee…

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