Man loses hand in accident at work

19 Jun 2019

A company that owns a factory in Knowsley has been fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £3,500 in costs after an employees hand was severed in a plastics mixing machine. Gary McKeown’s hand was cut off by the blender as he emptied it at the factory. Although doctors were able to reattach his hand he lost his fingers and thumb

The accident investigation discovered that the machine’s locking device had been broken for more than a year with no attempt being made to repair the fault. The machine was in use for whole days, making it inevitable that someone would eventually be injured.

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