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Scrap metal company fined after worker loses four fingers

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A scrap metal company has been fined for safety breaches after a worker lost parts of his four fingers while operating poorly maintained machinery.

On 27 March 2020, a man working with a scrap metal company had amputations to his multiple fingers. And this happened while he was operating machinery at Infinity metals limited, Vickerdale works, Arthur street, stanningley, Pudsey, Leeds. 

Health and safety executive (HSE) report.

During the investigation, the Health and safety executive (HSE) of the UK revealed that the employee leaned over the machine when it was in motion and it caught his right hand, leading to the amputation of his four fingers.

The health and safety executive inspector, Mr Damian Dundas, said that the lack of clear roles and responsibilities and insufficient training contributed to the incident. Adequate control measures and safe working practices could have prevented the incident from happening. 

The prosecution for the four fingers incident

On 9 November 2022, Infinity Metals Limited, of Spur Road, Quarry Lane Industrial Estate, Chichester, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at the Leeds Magistrates’ Court. The company was fined £26,680 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £7,005.50.

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