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Company fined after employee loses finger

Glass company Bloomsbury Glass Limited has been fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,928 following an accident at their factory in which an employee, Asif Hussain, lost his finger. Mr Hussein’s ring finger was so badly crushed by a machine that it had to be amputated in hospital. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the machine in question had not been properly guarded.

Commenting, HSE inspector Amy Kalay said “Guards and safety systems are there for a reason and companies have a legal duty of care to ensure they are properly fitted and working effectively at all times. The importance of robust safeguards to protect works cannot be overstated.

If you are responsible for health and safety matters in your workplace, you may like to take a look at this set of template risk assessment forms – it could save you time and money!