Firm owner fined after Chesterfield man loses thumb in workplace accident

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An employee has been unable to work for a year after his thumb was sliced off in a horrific workplace accident.

Worker Mark Evans, aged 45, needed a skin graft to cover the damaged area - and one of his big toes had to be used to replace his thumb.

Mr Evans, from Chesterfield, was rebuilding a rotary table device at precision engineering firm CNC Rotary in Staveley when the incident happened on June 17 last year.

He was unable to work for a year after suffering ‘debilitating complications’.

Safety failings were found in an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.

Business owner David Helley, 56, of Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,514 after pleading guilty at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

HSE inspector Steve Shaw said: “It is important to have the correct equipment in place, which has been thoroughly examined so that safe lifting operations can be carried out by appropriately trained personnel.

“As a result of not having safe working conditions in place, Mr Evans suffered a painful, life-changing injury that could have been prevented.”