Fingers crushed in manual handling accident

An engineering firm has received considerable fines after a worker, who was handling a metal frame suffered three crushed fingers in February of 2017.

The company in question pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) (b) of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, they received a £20,000 fine and were made to pay almost £900.00  in costs.

The person in question was manually lifting a metal frame weighing 250 kg, along with other colleagues. When the object fell upon him, the victim had to undergo a partial amputation of two fingers as a result of the accident.

Stricter guidelines have been put in place at the HSE to in efforts to reduce ill-health and injuries at work. With these developments have come unannounced visits by the HSE, so that hazardous work environments can be unearthed and improved. Lifting and turning of the metal frames was not a one-off case, with multiple frames being dealt with in an inappropriate and unsafe manner, investigations revealed.

“This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.

Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

HSE Inspector Anthony Brookes stated.

Across industries, there are considered to be four levels of risk:

Green- Risks only to specific vulnerable groups, e.g. pregnant women and the elderly.

Amber- Medium level risk, tasks should be assessed carefully.

Red- High-level risk, a considerate proportion of workers open to injury or ill health.

Purple- Very high-level risk, serious injury/ill health may be caused, such procedures should be closely watched.