A metal recycling firm from Birmingham has been fined £50,000 after one of its employees suffered a broken arm in an accident at work.
The unnamed 28 year old found his arm trapped in an unguarded conveyor belt during a shift on 20 April 2010, breaking it in the process, and was left to an enforced lay-off of 9 months as he recovered from his injuries away from employment.
The man, from Blackheath, was working at Hawkeswood Metal Recycling Limited, Nechells, when he attempted to retrieve a piece of scrap metal from the conveyor. It had become stuck and had to be removed for the conveyor belt to function correctly.
After trying to free the piece of scrap metal with a mop, he then used his right hand. The man’s glove became caught between a rotating blade and the belt itself and his arm was dragged into the machinery.
A 9 Month Recovery for Man Injured in Accident at Work
The accident at work left a serious injury, with the man not only breaking his arm but also suffering soft tissue damage to his wrist. Rehabilitation and recovery times meant that this simple, accident at work left him out of work for 9 months.
The investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the conveyor belt was unguarded. When it came to an incident such as this, where debris was required to be cleaned from the machines, there was no system in place to prevent employees from placing themselves in direct danger of suffering an accident at work.
The dangerous moving parts on this particular conveyor belt were open to employees and the injured worker suffered a broken arm as a result. Companies that house such machinery have no reason not to provide a system of safe working and guards to prevent such workplace accidents and injury from taking place.
Ed Fryer of the HSE said after the hearing into the accident at work:
“The failure to protect workers has serious consequences, and in this particular incident caused painful injuries that could have been avoided by putting a simple guard in place.”
Speak to Personal Injury Specialists about Accident at Work Compensation
If you have been injured due to an accident at work, and feel that there was nothing you could have done to avoid it, you could be entitled to seek work injury compensation.
Personal injury suffered in a workplace accident can sometimes be incredibly difficult to overcome, there may be long term physical and psychological problems, financial implications to think about, as well as time away from employment that you can ill afford.
There is also a stigma attached to making a claim for compensation against your employers but there should be no worries about that. If your employers were negligent and left you in an unsafe environment which led to an accident at work, you are legally entitled to claim compensation without worrying that your job status is at risk.
Find out more through a free, no obligation consultation with a work injury specialist. You can call Duncan Gibbins Solicitors on and a member of our team will be able to talk you through the claims process, step by step.
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