HSE Fine After Factory Worker Loses Two Fingers

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has sued a Manchester packaging firm after a factory worker suffered a serious accident. Karen Schoelzel of Golborne was working for Arrow Flexible Packing Ltd when an attempt to fit a rubber insert on a cutting tool went badly wrong. The machine suddenly started operating and badly injured her left hand resulting in the loss of two fingers.

Severe Injuries Lead to Heavy HSE Fine For Employer

The injuries were so severe that Mrs. Schoelzel has yet to return to work one year after the accident in November 2010.  Good to see the HSE take decisive action with a full investigation and the employer hit with a 3500pounds plus costs fine.
The offence which Arrow pleading guilty to was a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Essentially Mrs. Schoelzel’s employer should have made provision for suitable guards and safety devices  to make an accident of this kind impossible to happen. Hands and fingers should not be able to touch brutal moving parts while a machine is in operation.

34 Deaths And 5K Serious Injuries Each Year In Manufacturing Industry

In the manufacturing industry in Great Britain 5000 people will suffer major injuries during the course of their employment. Sadly we also see an average of 34 deaths and employers must take preventative action to safeguard their workforce and ensure these types of injuries do not keep happening.
An individual who has suffered in a serious injury in the workplace may be entitled to make a claim for compensation against their employer. If you or a member of your family would like to discuss an accident at work claim please contact us today to speak to a specialist Employer’s Liability Solicitor.
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