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Gloucestershire firm fined over teenager's severed fingers

A Gloucestershire manufacturer has appeared in court after a teenage apprentice had parts of two fingers severed in unguarded machinery.

The 17-year-old was working at factory in Lydney when the glove on his right hand became caught in a rotating cutter, slicing off the tops of his index and middle fingers to the first joint.

The company, which produces industrial pumps, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an investigation into the incident.

Cheltenham Magistrates' Court was told that the apprentice and another worker had been holding a metal plate under a milling cutter to stop it vibrating while it was being cut. However, there were no guards in place to prevent them from being injured.

The court heard that HSE had previously issued the company with five enforcement notices following a visit to its Bradford site in September 2010 requiring improvements to machinery guarding including milling machines.

After receiving the notices, the company made changes at its Yorkshire factory but failed to take action to improve the safety of machines at its headquarters.

The latest figures shows 28 people died while working in the manufacturing industry in Great Britain in 2010/11 and there were more than 3,800 major injuries.

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