Work Accident – Lady Loses Her Fingers

A Packaging Company Was Charged After a Female Worker Severed Her Fingers.

A worker from an encasing company has lost a couple of fingers in a work-related accident, Health and Safety Executive has filed a law suit against the company that is based in Greater Manchester.

The fifty year old woman from the town of Golborne in Wigan identified as Karen Schoelzel who at that time of the accident was employed at Arrow Flexible Packaging Limited. She was trying to change the rubber insert on a specific equipment made to clip handles into synthetic bags.

Her left hand was caught on the process when the machine unexpectedly began to function. Her long finger was lopped just above the major knuckle, but the forefinger was totally cut off from her hand.

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Health and Safety Executive conducted an inquiry and they found out that the workers do not disconnect the machine before changing the rubber inserts and that the parts of the equipment that usually moves have no safety barriers to restrict access.

However, Health and Safety Executive have documented that the equipment’s operating knobs were not appropriate and would have been accidentally switched on, yet no conclusive evidence was gathered to explain how the equipment set off.

The Magistrates’ Court at Trafford penalized the company Arrow Flexible Packaging Limited in Clarence St, Golborne for ₤1,000 for court fees and other expenses and an amount of ₤3,500 thereafter confessing a violation of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations. Although the victom won a successful work accident compensation claim, it still leaves her with a terrible injury to live with.

Nearly 5,000 individuals working in the fabrication industry have experienced a severe work-related injury a year ago; the majority of them would be eligible to file an accident at work compensation claim.

Gas Leakage in an Illegitimate Mine in China Kills

Gas Leakage in an Illegitimate Mine in China Kills Thirty-four Mine Workers, Nine Are Not Yet Rescued, but May Already Be Dead, According To the News Firm Called Xinhua

After being trapped last Thursday, the probability that the miners can get out alive is uncertain, according to the rescuers. The illegal mine’s managers in Sizhuang, in the province of Yunnan have already been detained. The mine had been ordered to close last April, while a comprehensive investigation was promised by the supervisors.

In a different accident in Gansu, China, local officials said a coal duct was flooded last Sunday, as a result seven mine workers were confined below the ground.

Gas Leakage

The incidents came after the State Labour Protection Agency gave a directive in upholding the safety guidelines at all mining sites in China. During an industry seminar in Hefei, Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang said that their country’s coal mines yet confront a severe situation.  He also added that the latest accidents served as warning that preventing accidents from happening is complicated and needs immediate attention. Vice Premier Zhang also encouraged scientists to build advanced technologies like methane capture, and modernized equipment to lessen disasters.

Their recent official statistics for 2009, over 2,600 workers died due to accidents in mine sites, according to Xinhua.

The families of the workers who died in work accidents in China are eligible to receive an amount of 660,000 yuan.

Following An Equestrian Site Injury An Ex-Jockey Receives Compensation

A compensation of £22,000 from one of the first-class equestrian sites in the South West was awarded to Jeff Kear, an ex-professional jockey, for a grave injury that could have been avoided if only he was using a steel cap shoes.

Health and Safety Executive has issued new recommendations, emphasizing agriculture as the most hazardous industry in the United Kingdom, which resulted to the award.

The ex-jockey Mr. Kear was hired at Stockland Lovell, an equestrian facility located near the town of Bridgwater. He has been working as a manager for two weeks, at that time he was transferring two enormous wooden pallets when it crashed on his left foot and severely injured his innermost toe. The upper half of the toe was cut off due to infection and caused Mr. Kear a hard time walking.


According to expert Personal Injury lawyer, Jonathan Rich from Pardoes Solicitors, that Stockland Lovell was unsuccessful in making an evaluation about how to do the job safely, and did not supply their Mr. Kear with steel cap boots. The facility also does not practice any safe method in the place of work. Jonathan Rich also said that they were glad Mr. Kear acquired the suitable reward for the injuries he had suffered.

Subsequently, Mr. Kear was not capable of working since he was injured at work , and just a month ago he experienced a stroke. Mr. Kear is currently living in Lambourn at the Injured Jockeys Fund residence.

Right after the wooden pallet fell off; he was in excruciating pain but tried to disregard it. But when the pain did not stop, he went to the physician who treated his toe. Then the doctor set a series of antibiotic medication for Mr. Kear. Days later, he could no longer walk due to the pain and so he decided to go to Accident & Emergency of Musgrove Hospital.  The physicians told him that half of inner toe must be amputated due to severe infection. The Citizens Advice Bureau endorsed Pardoes to Mr. Kear, he was very pleased with the advice and assistance he received from them.

Stockland Lovell’s Mark Hill said that they feel sorry for what Mr. Kear had suffered because of that awful incident, and that they should have advised Mr. Kear to wear the appropriate footwear for the job. He added that he was there working with Mr. Kear on the day of the accident, when he went out to look for a machine the accident took place. Mark Hill said that he regularly calls to check Mr. Kear’s condition for a few weeks, he also persisted that Mr. Kear must see a doctor.However Mr. Kear claims that he did not acquire any request for forgiveness from Stockland Lovell.

Poultry Was Penalized by Health and Safety Executive After An Accident at Work

Llynclys Farm, a poultry farm based in Shropshire was prosecuted because of a grave accident.

An unnamed worker, who was 36 years old at that time, was temporarily hired in July of 2009 by Llynclys Farm, which also has a place in Stroke Heath Farm, Market Drayton.

The worker was trying to transfer the hens out of the poultry house and was walking through a makeshift platform which was made of piled up cages.

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He stumbled and fell off three metres to the floor and was injured at work, which resulted to fractured pelvis and his lung collapsed.

The Health and Safety Executive made an inquiry and discovered that while Llynclys Farm has determined the hazards of falls, they still failed to make barriers on the platform to avoid it from occurring.

The Llynclys Farm paid £6,000 in fines and £6,276 in fees after pleading guilty at Magistrates’ Court of Shrewsbury.

A Health and Safety Executive inspector, Janice Dale talked to Insider Media and said that an accident wherein a worker falls from height is still the most prevalent cause of fatalities in the place of work, and inflicts grave injuries to those who are lucky enough to survive this preventable accident.

She also added that Llynclys Farms have recognized the possibility for workers falling from the said platform, but was unable to make the necessary changes even if it has been there for about half a decade before that unfortunate event.