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Firm in court after worker lost parts of fingers in North Cumbria factory incident

Carlisle Crown Court

AN industrial company has admitted breaching health and safety law after a worker had parts of four fingers amputated.

An incident at the A. Steadman and Son factory close to Welton, near Carlisle, prompted an investigation and prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which brought the firm to court today (TUES).

That incident occurred on October 21, 2015. Operator Matthew Hook is said to have been using an electrically powered folding machine to bend metal when his hand became trapped between the jaws of the machine.

Crush injuries sustained during the incident resulted in Mr Hook requiring amputation of parts of four fingers on his left dominant hand, according to the HSE.

At Carlisle Crown Court today (TUES), SIG Trading Ltd admitted that – while trading as A. Steadman and Son – it had failed to ensure the health and safety of employees between January, 2013, and October, 2015. A guilty plea was entered by company secretary Richard Monro during a hearing lasting 10 minutes.

Judge Peter Davies adjourned the case. SIG Trading is due to be sentenced at the crown court on February 1 for the offence, the maximum punishment for which is an unlimited fine.

A Steadman and Son is a specialist manufacturer of steel roof and cladding systems.

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