Fingers Severed in Accident at Work

Home » No Win No Fee » Latest Personal Injury News » 2014 » 2 » Fingers Severed in Accident at WorkFingers Severed in Accident at WorkTayyabah Bakery, a Burnley-based pasty-maker, has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker severed two of his fingers in a work accident.Reedley Magistrates’ Court heard an unnamed 35-year-old man was working with a machine that was meant to fill pasties with cheese and onion when the accident took place.However, as he did this his right hand was struck by one of the pistons and drawn inside the inner-components of the machine and two of his fingers were cut off.The man has now been off work for almost a year and still experiences pain in his fingers. It’s unlikely he will be able to return to work in the near future, such is the extent of the discomfort he feels on a daily basis.HSE officials visiting the site after the accident found that the pasty filling machine had originally been fitted with a guard, but that it was cut away five years before the unnamed worker’s injuries were sustained.For its part in the work accident, Tayyabah Bakery was fined £1,000 and told to pay £5,002 in prosecution costs after it pleaded guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 by failing to prevent access to dangerous machine parts.Speaking after the case’s conclusion, HSE inspector David Myrtle said, “The machine was entirely safe to use when it was installed but, by overriding an essential safety feature to speed up production, the company exposed employees to an unacceptable and entirely avoidable level of risk.”It’s vital manufacturing companies put the health and safety of their staff before profits, otherwise accidents like this will continue to happen in the future.”Similar cases to this have seen equipment manufacturers prosecuted by the HSE because their failure to create equipment with the necessary safeguards installed, but in this case it was the fault of the bakery as it had overridden the guarding mechanism.By Francesca WitneyOr Call freephone 0800 884 0321SHARE THIS

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Beneath Earth’s surface, scientists find long ‘fingers’ of heat

Sep. 5, 2013 — Scientists seeking to understand the forces at work beneath the surface of Earth have used seismic waves to detect previously unknown “fingers” of heat, some of them thousands of miles long, in Earth’s upper mantle. Their discovery, published Sept. 5 in Science Express, helps explain the “hotspot volcanoes” that give birth to island chains such as Hawai’i and Tahiti.Many volcanoes arise at collision zones between the tectonic plates, but hotspot volcanoes form in the middle of the plates. Geologists have hypothesized that upwellings of hot, buoyant rock rise as plumes from deep within Earth’s mantle — the layer between the crust and the core that makes up most of Earth’s volume — and supply the heat that feeds these mid-plate volcanoes.But some hotspot volcano chains are not easily explained by this simple model, a fact which suggests there are more complex interactions between these hot plumes and the upper mantle. Now, a computer modeling approach, developed by University of Maryland seismologist Vedran Lekic and colleagues at the University of California Berkeley, has produced new seismic wave imagery which reveals that the rising plumes are, in fact, influenced by a pattern of finger-like structures carrying heat deep beneath Earth’s oceanic plates.Seismic waves are waves of energy produced by earthquakes, explosions and volcanic eruptions, which can travel long distances below Earth’s surface. As they travel through layers of different density and elasticity, their shape changes. A global network of seismographs records these changing waveforms. By comparing the waveforms from hundreds of earthquakes recorded at locations around the world, scientists can make inferences about the structures through which the seismic waves have traveled.The process, known as seismic tomography, works in much the same way that CT scans (computed tomography) reveal structures hidden beneath the surface of the human body. But since we know much less about the structures below Earth’s surface, seismic tomography isn’t easy to interpret. …

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