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Unsupervised work experience teen severed finger on log splitter

A 16-year-old on work experience at a landscaping business received no first aid after his finger was amputated by the blade of a hydraulic log splitter, a court heard.

Exeter Magistrates’ Court was told that the owner of Ed Rogers Landscape Construction, Edward Rogers, had shown the teenager how to operate the log splitter and then left him to work alone on the site. 

On the day of the accident, he held a log in place and started the machine. The blade came down on the piece of wood and severed his finger.  

He was not given any first aid, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found, and when he was later taken to hospital, his finger could not be saved due to the severity of the injury.  

Ed Rogers Landscape Construction and Maintenance pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £6,000 plus costs of £1,017 on 28 February. 

HSE inspector Simon Jones said: “The boy being isolated made the situation worse when there was no one on site to help him after suffering this appalling, life-changing injury.”


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


  • This is disgraceful and shows

    Permalink Submitted by Gerard Dermody on 7 March 2017 - 11:27 am

    This is disgraceful and shows Edward Rogers is an absolutely shameful light.What a terrible thing to do,not providing First Aid is one of the most despicable things I have read .
    Where was any evidence of Risk Assessment,Insurance etc.
    The fine was derisory and the defendant has got off lightly.

  • How can this fine justify the

    Permalink Submitted by Mark Eden on 7 March 2017 - 04:01 pm

    How can this fine justify the serious nature of the offence. Leaving a 16 year old on his own to operate a piece of extremely dangerous machinery. No first aid assistance in the advent of the incident. Probably no risk assessment and no evidence of regular maintenance for the equipment. Ed Rogers is a lucky man, unlike the young lad maimed by a careless employer.


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