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Car component maker to pay £27k after welder loses finger

A Birmingham-based company that manufactures products such as seat metal structures, airbag pipes and chassis components has been prosecuted after one of its workers sustained injuries to his hand.

Image credit: ©logosstock
Image credit: ©logosstock

A Lander Automotive welder’s glove became caught in the drill bit of a machine he was working on and he suffered partial amputation to the third finger on his right hand. 

The Health and Safety Executive’s investigation into the 17 June 2015 accident found the company failed to provide adequate training, a safe system of work, a risk assessment or method statement. It said the worker was expected to work on a variety of jobs as required by production.  

At Birmingham Magistrates’ Court Lander Automotive pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £27,000, and ordered to pay £1,574 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

 

Keeley Downey was the former assistant editor of IOSH Magazine. Previously she was editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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