Bloomsbury Glass Ltd’s factory in Kelvin Way has been ordered to pay £7,000 by Sandwell Magistrates Court after a worker’s finger was crushed in machinery and was subsequently amputated. 32 year old Glass worker, Asif Hussain, was providing assistance to his colleague with freeing a large piece of glass when the accident occurred. Mr Hussain’s ring finger was so seriously damaged that amputation was necessary. He has been rendered unable to work and his right hand is still painful and swollen.
The accident happened when Mr Hussain, of Sparkbrook, entered the confines of the machine through a space in the surrounding fencing. While he was discussing the best way of removing the glass with his co-worker, his glove became was caught in the rotating drive shaft and his right hand was pulled in as a result. An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that the machine was improperly guarded after Bloomsbury Glass was moved to the Kelvin Way site. One of the firm’s maintenance engineers did indeed modify and install guard panels, however they left a gap.
Bloomsbury Glass Ltd was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £4,928 costs after they pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Dave Rama, manager of Bloomsbury Glass Ltd said –
“The worker should not have been there in the first place. The machine is now guarded, and I am confident it will not happen again.”