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Worker Loses Part of Thumb after it’s Trapped in Machinery During Accident

A worker lost part of his thumb after it became trapped in machinery during a workplace accident.

The accident happened on the premises of healthcare manufacturer Synergy Health (UK) Ltd during November 2011. The unnamed 39 year old worker was operating a machine that makes dry wipes at the time.

To stop the machine becoming blocked with wipes that had not been cut properly by the machine, he reached his hand into a tunnel that led out from the machinery. His hand then became caught in the slatted conveyor belt of the machine and was forced against a metal plate.

He suffered injury in the incident, and lost the part of his thumb up to the first knuckle.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive concluded that the accident occurred for several reasons. Firstly, the safety guards on the machine were insufficient. Also a proper risk assessment had not been carried out by the company and the injured worker had not received adequate training.

At Leyland Magistrates’ Court last week the company was fined £5,000 after pleading guilty to breaking work equipment regulations in regards to the accident.

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