HSE prosecutes door manufacturer after injury at work

The Health and Safety Executive have prosecuted a door manufacturer after one of its employees suffered a personal injury at work that led to life changing injuries, personal injury solicitor experts recently reported.

Loscoe, Derbyshire native Hugo Veldes Vera, a thirty seven year old factory worker employed by SIG Manufacturing Ltd, had been helping colleagues with a newly installed door press by aiding in the loading and unloading of doors when the incident occurred at the Langley Mill manufacturing site, according to the man’s personal injury claims.  As the factory worker was stationed at the rear end of the press, the operator of the piece of the machinery, who was positioned at its front, started the multi-platen door press without knowledge that Mr Valdes Vera’s hand was in close proximity to its mechanism, leading to the worker’s hand becoming trapped within.

In the aftermath of the incident, which saw the injured man losing portions of three of his fingers, Mr Valdes Vera was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment.  The injured factory worker has not yet been able to return to his previous position at the factory as a result of his damaged hand.

Sheffield based SIG Manufacturing Ltd was prosecuted by the HSE, leading to a £25,000 fine once the manufacturing company admitted to being in breach of health and safety regulations concerning the provision and use of work.  SIG Manufacturing was also told to pay £25,154 in court costs in addition to the fine.

One HSE inspector commenting in the aftermath of the court hearing remarked that Mr Valdes Vera’s permanent and serious injury was the direct result of his employer failing to take steps to prevent such an accident from happening.

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