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Teenager Loses Finger in Accident At Work

Written by Edward Hennessy,

A sixteen-year-old employee of a food production company based in the West Midlands has sustained a serious hand injury following an accident at work.

The Magistrates’ Court in Wolverhampton heard that the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was involved in the work accident whilst attempting to clear a blockage on a biscuit crumbing machine at the food production plant in Bilston, run by Phoenix Brands Ltd.

As he reached into the machine his hand came into contact with a rotating blade used to break up the biscuits as they move up the tube, causing serious damage to his right hand and injuring his middle finger so badly that it had to be amputated.

Accident at Work Avoidable says HSE

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the accident at the work and revealed that the machine was not adequately guarded and allowed access to dangerous moving parts.

Phoenix Brands Limited, of the Atlas Trading Estate, in Bilston, was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £4,000 after admitting a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court.

Immediately after the court hearing, a HSE inspector stated that the accident at work had been totally avoidable, if the company had correctly identified the risk of injury when clearing blockages on the biscuit crumbing.

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