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Man Suffers Severed Fingers in Bacon Company Accident

A Walsall man, working at a bacon curing firm, suffered severed fingers in a workplace accident when he got his hand caught in a packaging machine.

John Cox Cold Stores and Distribution Services Ltd, trading as Midland Bacon Company, have been fined £30,000 as a result of the accident at work that left Daniel Wilfred, 20, missing three severed fingers.

Mr Wilfred was walking through the curing department at the firm’s Bloxwich premises when he noticed that packs of bacon were dropping to the floor from the cutting unit close by. In order to help out and prevent any more from falling, he stood to the side of the conveyor and placed his left hand into the cutting unit.

Man Suffers Severed Fingers in Machine Still Running

The machine was still running as Mr Wilfred placed his hand onto the conveyor and he became trapped between the machine and the cutting blades. It was here that three fingers were severed right up to the first joint.

Eve-Marie Edwards of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), speaking after the hearing said:

“This incident was entirely preventable. The company had failed to prevent access to dangerous parts of the machinery which led directly to Mr Wilfred’s injuries.

“Lessons need to be learned by employers, to ensure that potentially dangerous machinery is suitably guarded and that their workers are aware of the risks involved when working with these machines.”

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Daniel Wilfred was put at danger of suffering severed fingers through the negligence of his employers who had failed to implement an adequate level of health and safety surrounding the use of and access to machinery at the bacon curing factory in the West Midlands.

If you feel you have been put in similar danger by your employers or have suffered personal injury through no fault of your own, call Duncan Gibbins today on where a work injury specialist can offer open and honest advice during a free, no obligation consultation.

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