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A butchery business from Bristol has been fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of nearly £1,500 after one of its workers was seriously injured when cutting up beef bones.

Bristol Magistrates Court heard how the employee had been cutting up beef bones using a band saw when he suffered deep lacerations to his left hand. When the Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident they found that the worker had not been suitably trained to use the machine safely, and that the safety measures designed into the machine’s manufacture were not in use at the time of the accident. In addition to this the company had failed to suitably assess the risks posed by the machine and failed to provide appropriate supervision while the task was being performed.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Tania Nickson said: “The Company failed to appropriately train the staff member and failed to use the supplied safety features which would have prevented this incident from happening. The worker is fortunate not to have suffered more severe injuries.”

It is an accepted fact that some jobs carry a higher risk of potential injury than others, but by implementing suitable health and safety procedures these risks can be managed and the jobs should be able to be performed safely. Employers have a duty of care to provide suitable working conditions and practices for their employees to conduct their roles in a safe manner, and if they fail to do so they are at risk of prosecution; either by bodies such as the HSE, or by individuals who are injured as a result of their failure.

If you or someone you care for has been injured at work it is quite likely that you will be able to make a claim for compensation. Our solicitors have years of experience in handling claims involving work-place injuries; from falls to cuts, burns to back-pain, if you are injured as a result of your job you have the right to be compensated for your injury, your loss of earnings, and even the stress and discomfort caused by the accident. Contact us today for a free, no obligations discussion about your case. We’ll swiftly be able to tell you if you have a case, and if so, how much your claim could be worth.