Worker, 16, loses finger in workplace accidentRSS Feed
A 16-year-old lost a finger in an accident at work for which his employee has now been fined £7,000, following an investigation and prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The unnamed teenager was clearing a blockage in a biscuit crumbing machine at Phoenix Brands in Bilston in November last year when his hand was pulled into a screw conveyor.
He later had to have a finger amputated after his hand was caught up in the machine, which features a rotating screw blade.
"To be injured so seriously just a few weeks into his working life has been profoundly upsetting for this young man. The incident was entirely avoidable," stated HSE inspector David Evans.
He might now consider taking action against the firm in order to seek damages for the injury he suffered.
A similar incident was recently reported by the HSE, with glazing firm Total Installations fined £12,000 after employee Norbert Pietrzkiewicz lost a finger in an incident with a cutting block.
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