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Company prosecuted after employee sustains serious hand injuries

Company prosecuted after employee sustains serious hand injuries
A company has been prosecuted following an incident in which one of its workers suffered serious injuries to his hand.

During a hearing at Carlisle magistrates' court, Carlisle Glass - a supplier of trade tools, accessories and hardware products that was established over 30 years ago - was ordered to pay £10,000 plus £1,100 in costs.

The accident occurred in June 2007 when an employee was working up a ladder to repair a broken window.

He had removed the glass and was in the process of taking out the old putty from the frame when the ladder slipped.

The fall caused him to sustain a severed artery and two tendons on his left hand.

Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Mhairi Duffy said: "This prosecution should serve as a warning of the dangers working at height and to ensure that employers take their responsibilities seriously."