Derbyshire Aluminium Firm Fined Over Worker's Injuries Man Lost Parts Of Two Fingers In Incident 19.03.2015 An aluminium fabricator in Derbyshire has received a £20,000 fine following an incident in which an employee lost parts of two fingers. Sapa Profiles UK was fined and ordered to pay £1,784 in costs in relation to the incident in March 2014, which involved a 41-year-old worker who was unblocking an aluminium extruding machine. The machine was restarted while the employee was still inside the danger zone, causing his hand to become trapped and resulting in contact burns and serious injuries. He lost the end of his little finger and his ring finger to the second joint, and was off work for eight months. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the interlocked on the machine did not fully isolate the power when opened, which directly caused the accident. A risk assessment had also not been carried out. "It should not have been possible to access a danger zone without the machine being safely isolated," said HSE inspector Lindsay Bentley. "It meant operators who had to frequently unblock the machine were routinely exposed to unnecessary risk." If you or a loved one has suffered due to an accident at work, our personal injury solicitors could help you make a No Win No Fee compensation claim. Visit our Accident At Work Claims page for more details. Expert Opinion This entirely preventable incident which resulted in a man suffering serious injuries indicates the importance of the health and safety guidelines in the workplace. It is crucial employers take responsibility for the health and safety of workers, which means conducting risk assessments and mitigating any risks identified, as well as ensuring equipment is fit for purpose and fitted with all of the necessary safety measures. “All too often we see incident such as this where workers are left with serious injuries as a result of failures on the part of their employer. We hope this prosecution will once again highlight to companies the need to take health and safety in the workplace seriously.” Stephen Nye, Partner Key contact Stephen Nye Partner 0370 1500 100 Email Stephen Related articles 23.05.2017Tribunal To Determine Status Of Deliveroo Riders 23.05.2017Terminally Ill Hospital Worker Appeals To Former Colleagues After Asbestos Cancer Diagnosis 23.05.2017Taylor Report Expected To Recommend Right To Request Guaranteed Hours 22.05.2017Former Commercial Manager Appeals To Former Colleagues For Help Following Cancer Diagnosis 22.05.2017Wallsend Road Bridge Asbestos Removal Welcomed 'But Questions Remain'