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This article was published on August 13th, 2015
A 27 year old man lost two of his fingers after his hand became severely mangled in a piece of machinery. The employee was working for a timber manufacturer when the incident happened and was working with a saw feeding and removing large pieces of timber.
The accident itself was caused by the saw blade snagging on the wood and then suddenly jolting forward and pulling the workers hand into the blade. The HSE investigation found that the machinery was not correctly fitted with adequate safety precautions and the guards were not maintained properly.
As a result of the accident the workers hand was so badly injured that his little finger and ring finger had to be amputated.
The HSE investigation found the company guilty of failing to ensure that the required safety features were installed on the machine and to maintain it and also their employee was not sufficiently trained to use such a dangerous piece of machinery safely.
The company was fined £10,000 with costs of £1000 for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
An HSE inspector said: “Had the company taken suitable measures to ensure workers did not come into contact with the rotating blade, had the saw been properly guarded and fitted with relevant safety features and had employees been provided with adequate training, this young man would not have lost two of his fingers.”
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