29 April 2008
Employee forced to have finger amputated after workplace injury
An employee has had to have her middle finger amputated almost to the last joint as a result of a workplace accident.
Melissa Graham was working at Chemence, a manufacturer of adhesives and sealants with operations in the UK, the US and South Africa.
She had been attempting to clear a jam on a glue filling machine when her hand became trapped in the device.
Despite repeated attempts to press the emergency stop button, the drive chain continued.
The 31-year-old was taken to hospital by air ambulance but staff were unable to reattach her finger.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Rowena Dossett said: "Employers must ensure that sufficient risk assessments are made and that all employees are made aware of the dangers of the machinery they work with and that dangerous moving parts of machinery are guarded."