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Former Doncaster factory worker might claim compensation for injury

18th January 2013

She had been working at a Doncaster food manufacture factory, on a packaging machine, at the time of the incident.

The equipment which caused her injury consisted of a rotating screw conveyor which fed powdered ingredients into packaging.

This machine was known to become obstructed regularly – the Health and Safety Executive found that as a result its guard had been modified so that it could be lifted up while the machine was still running.

As the woman tried to clear a blockage, her hand slipped and came into contact with the dangerous parts of the machine. She lost the tip of her ring finger on her left hand in the accident and was taken to hospital where she received treatment and was released the same day.

Since the incident the worker has found employment with a different firm, and, now that the food manufacturer has been found liable for her work accident – paying £5,000 for breaching safety regulations and paying £2,506 in court costs – she may be able to bring a claim against the company.

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