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Cheshire manufacturer fined over severed finger

A Cheshire firm which makes large steel containers has been sentenced after one of its employees lost part of a finger at a factory in Ellesmere Port.

The 55-year-old man was trying to remove debris from the chains under a rotating table when his hand was pulled into the mechanism.

His emp…

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Bacon curing firm fined after worker's fingers severed

A Walsall bacon curing company has been fined after an employee lost three fingers while operating machinery.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted John Cox Cold Stores and Distribution Services Ltd., trading as Midland Bacon Company, after Daniel Wilfred severed three fingers when h…

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Worker's injury leads to court case for Yorkshire firm

A North Yorkshire firm has been fined after a worker became trapped by the head and neck in a packaging machine at its factory in Whitley Bridge, near Selby.

Cromar Building Products Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for safety failings after it investigated the inc…

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Cornish bakery fined for worker's injuries

The unguarded pressure roller/nip point on the end of production line No 2A night shift cleaner got caught-up in the unguarded machinery of a moving conveyor belt at a Cornish bakery and had to be released by co-workers.

Wioletta Drozdz, 27, from Newquay, had both forearm bones broken in her right arm when the incident happened in the early hours of 10 December 2…

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Firm fined after 16-year-old worker's finger amputated

A West Midlands food production company has been fined after a 16-year-old worker had to have his finger amputated.

The teenager was clearing a blockage on a biscuit crumbing machine at Phoenix Brands Ltd. in Bilston on 25 November 2011.

He reached too far into the hopper and his right hand wa…

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Worker suffers severe burns at Staffordshire firm

A Leek company that makes webbing for seatbelts and harnesses has been fined after an employee trapped both arms in a machine and suffered severe burns.

Stewart Wood, a dye machine operative at Marling Leek Limited, was working a night shift on August 2 last year when webbing became wrapped …

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Metal polishing firm fined after workers hurt

A West Midlands metal polishing firm has been fined after two workers were injured in separate incidents just five months apart involving inadequately guarded machinery.

The first occurred at Farrelly's Metal Polishers Ltd. in Wednesbury on 1 March last year when employee Ubaid Rehman's left …

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Waste company prosecuted after worker loses arm

A waste management and recycling company has been fined for safety failings after a worker lost most of his arm on an unguarded conveyor system at a Kent quarry.

Agency employee Vladislavs Golovacs, 45, from Gravesend, was attempting to clear a blockage at Pinden Quarry, in Longfield, near …

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Bradford worker injured after just weeks in job

A Bradford textile firm has been sentenced for safety failures after a worker was left with a long-term hand injury after only a month in the job.

The 30 year-old employee joined Whitaker Fibres Ltd., trading as Howarth Scouring Company, in March 2011 as a wool sorter, a job that did not in…

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Fruit company failed to protect injured worker

A horticultural business in Southampton has been prosecuted for safety failings after a worker injured his hand on an unguarded machine.

General labourer Edmund Skweres, 52, suffered a deep cut that required 11 stitches in the incident at A E Roberts (Fruitgrower & Nurseryman) Ltd., on Gravel…

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Bolton pallet factory convicted after fingers severed

The machine the employee was working on when his fingers were severedA Bolton pallet manufacturer has been convicted for health and safety offences after a factory worker's fingers were cut off by a rotating saw.

The 27-year-old lost three fingers on his left hand, down to the second knuckle, while working at Frank Hill Ltd. on the Scot Lane Industrial Estat…

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Egg firm fined after worker's fingers cut off

A Worcestershire egg company has been fined after a worker severed two fingers while cleaning a drain on a production line.

The 25 year-old employee lost part of his index and middle fingers on his right hand when it came into contact with a heavy duty blade at Bumble Hole Foods Ltd., Fockbury,…

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Tower Hamlets building contractor fined after carpenter's fingers severed

Grand Plans (UK) Ltd. has been fined after a worker's hand was severely injured by an unguarded power tool.

A prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was brought after the incident on 14 October 2009, when the self-employed carpenter was working on the refurbishment of flats.


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Animal feed firm sentenced over finger loss

A Lancashire animal feed firm has been sentenced after an employee lost one of his fingers in machinery.

The 25-year-old worker was trying to clear a blockage at Merit (Feeds and Storage) Ltd. when his hand became trapped at its factory at Oakenclough Mill near Garstang.

The company was prosec…

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Worker lost arm in unguarded farm machinery

A worker employed to clear out an industrial chicken shed lost his arm after it became trapped in unguarded machinery.

Mike Aubry, 27, of Bradninch, near Exeter, was working at Millard Poultry Ltd at Little Acre, Lower Godney, Wells, when the incident happened on 4 December, 2010.

In a prosecution…

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Man loses finger at Birmingham factory

A Birmingham engineering company has been fined after a man's finger was severed in a tube bending machine.

Robert Cuzick, 53, from Birmingham was working at Hydrapower Dynamics on 24 January 2011 when he put his hand on the machine's clamping arm to restart it.

However, the unguarded metal arm su…

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Warwickshire company fined after worker loses fingers

A Warwickshire components manufacturer has been fined after a man's hand was badly crushed in a power press.

The 23-year-old agency worker lost two fingers following the incident at Studley firm Ricor Ltd. on 21 July 2011.

Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court heard how the man was removing a complet…

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Huddersfield firm fined for safety breach

A West Yorkshire manufacturing firm has been fined after an engineer lost part of a finger while test running an unguarded power press.

Metal Closures (Huddersfield) Ltd. was prosecuted after James Hill, a development engineer, was injured while helping to run and de-bug a new production line inc…

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Nestle fined £180,000 after safety failures led to worker's death

Bradford Crown Court has been told that a Halifax man was killed at a Nestle factory because the company failed to implement basic safety measures.

Father of three Nazar Hussain died at food giant Nestle's Albion Mill plant in Bailey Hall Road in December 2008 after a colleague re-started a conve…

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Liverpool bedding firm in court after worker's fingers severed

A Liverpool bedding firm has been prosecuted after one of its employees had three fingers and a thumb cut off in machinery.

The 32-year-old worker was trying to stop a quilt becoming entangled in a duvet-making machine when the fingers and thumb on her right hand were struck by a blade.

Her employ…

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