Company Fined For Chopping Worker's Fingers Off
£15,000 Fine For Cutting Mans Fingers Off
Roydon Granulation, a plastics recycling company in Rochdale, UK, have been fined £15,000 after a high speed fan cut four fingers of a workers left hand leading to two of them being amputated in hospital.
The incident happened in May 2009 at the company's factory on Fishwick's Industrial Estate, St Helens, leading to a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive.
The successful prosecution means that the worker can now press for compensation for the loss of his fingers.
HSE Inspector Richard Clarke said:
"Sadly, incidents like this are all too common"
Serious injuries and deaths at work in the UK still occur at a higher rate than in many other European countries and the process for prosecuting and getting compensation is often long and drawn out. Cases taken out against companies for corporate manslaughter and murder are very rare in the UK and many feel that only when the HSE and the police, where appropriate, take strong action against companies will the rate of workplace accidents and deaths in the UK start to fall.
The HSE investigation, which found the fan blades rotated at 1,450 times per minute, concluded Roydon's repair procedures were "inadequate".