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Manufacturer fined £14k after worker slices knuckle on cutting saw

A Cheshire manufacturing company has been fined £14,000 after an employee sliced his knuckle on a metal cutting saw.

Manufacturer fined £14k after worker slices knuckle on cutting saw, Cheshire
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The incident occurred on 5 July 2017 when an employee of Contour Showers tried to clear a blockage from the cutting saw and the blade cut through the knuckle of his left index finger. He sustained a damaged tendon and ligament and was unable to work for eight months.

The Winsford, Cheshire company pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £14,000 plus £5,473 costs.

Liverpool Magistrates Court was told how HSE inspectors had discovered that the guarding on the machine was inadequate and had failed to prevent workers getting access to its dangerous working parts. They found the company had failed to provide training on isolation and lock-off procedures or information on safe working practices during machine maintenance.

The investigation also found Contour Showers had failed to identify the risks associated with using unguarded machinery.

HSE inspector Lorna Sherlock said after the case: “This injury was easily preventable. Employers should make sure they properly assess risk and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery.”



Stuart Spear, freelance journalist specilaising in environmental and public health
Stuart Spear is a freelance journalist specialising in environmental and public health who has over the past 20 years edited a number of specialist environmental health magazines.

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