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Road builder fined over machine guard injury

A Lincolnshire road building company has been fined £6,000 after one of its employees suffered injuries to his hand while working on a mixing machine. The worker lost his middle and index fingers.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that Coldmac had failed to ensure that the guarding on the machine was safe.

Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court heard this week how the North Lincolnshire construction firm had appointed specialist contractors for a new footway. On 8 April 2015, the worker was using a screwdriver to scrape asphalt residue off a mixer that he had been using. When the screwdriver suddenly slipped, his hand caught the lip of the mixer and lost his middle and index fingers.

Coldmac, of Midland Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire pleaded guilty to breaching reg 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was handed a £6,000 fine and ordered to pay costs of £1,995.92.

Nick Warburton is deputy editor of IOSH Magazine 

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