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Engineering company fined after worker crushed

31 March 2017

Multi-Stroke Ltd has been fined after a worker’s left hand was crushed, causing him to lose his thumb, index and middle fingers.

Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court heard that on 19 May 2015 the worker was tasked with setting up hot forging machinery in order to use for the next job, when his feet slipped and his left hand was crushed between the dies.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to implement a safe system of work for this workplace activity. The company also failed to adequately manage the risks associated with using this machinery.

Multi-Stroke Ltd of Locarno Road, Tipton, West Midlands pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, has been fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,270.56.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Jonathan Jones said: “The company failed to implement a safe system of work which ultimately led to this serious incident occurring.

“Duty holders have the responsibility to effectively plan this work and manage the risks associated with working with this type of heavy machinery.”

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