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Claim news – Merseyside worker may now claim from employer

03rd May 2012

At the time of the incident the worker, who was employed by a steel manufacturer in Saint Helens, Merseyside, had been working a machine which produced reels of the metal.

He had been taping down the end of the metal strips as they were fed into the machine to stop them from moving, when his left hand was pulled into the moving parts of the mechanism.

The man sustained a serious cut on his hand and the tips of his fingers were crushed. The length of time the man took to recover and how long he had to be off work has not been reported.

The company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and fined £5,000 for breaching health and safety at work regulations.

An HSE inspector stated, “[the worker] was lucky not to have lost part of his hand, or to have suffered permanent damage to the nerves, blood vessels or tendons.

“It should never have been possible for him to tape up the loose ends of metal strips in the machine while it could still be operated.

“But this had become standard practice at the company as no assessment had been carried out into how taping up the ends of the steel could be done safely.”

Now that the steel firm has been found liable for the accident the worker may choose to make an accident at work claim for his injuries.

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