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Worker suffers severed finger at plastics firm

A plastics firm which manufactures cases for computer games has been fined after an employee severed his finger in machinery at a factory in Corby.

The worker was trying to fix a problem on a colour dosing unit attached to an injection moulding machine at DuBois Ltd's premises in Arkwright Road when the middle finger on his left hand became trapped in the rotating dial used to add colour to the plastic.

Doctors were unable to save his finger and it had to be amputated just above the knuckle. He was off work for several weeks and required physiotherapy for almost 10 months.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident, which happened on 22 May 2010, found the machine's guard had been removed.

DuBois Ltd, trading as AGI Amaray, of Slough Interchange, Whittenham Close, Slough, Berkshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 (1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Today, Corby magistrates fined the firm £7,000 and ordered it to pay costs of £4,677.

Read comments from HSE inspector, Sally Harris.

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