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Serious hand injury: Worker injured by machinery

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported that a company was fined after an employee suffered serious injury when his hand was caught and dragged into machinery. The employee was part of a maintenance crew rethreading broken plastic sheeting into a pinch roll, when his gloved hand was caught and dragged into the rollers. The first finger on his right hand was so badly damaged it had to be surgically removed below the knuckle.

An investigation by the UK HSE into the incident, which occurred in 2012, found that even though the company had identified the risks, there was still inadequate guarding of the machinery.

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