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Avon Joinery admitted breaching reg 9(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations on 26 July after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found it had not given the worker necessary refresher training.
Coventry Magistrates' Court was told that the 59-year-old joiner was using the saw to cut tapered strips of wood on 3 February 2016 when his hand came into contact with the blade. He lost most of his left index finger and the tip of his thumb.
The company, which supplies timber products to house builders nationwide, was fined £230,000 and ordered to pay costs of almost £1,780.
After the hearing HSE inspector Neil Ward said: "This incident could have been prevented if the company had the required standard of supervision in place to oversee this activity."
The worker was attempting to clear a blockage in the machine at the company’s plant in Mexborough near Doncaster when the incident occurred on 8 March 2016.Sheffield Magistrates’ Court was told that the carding machine was fitted with a flange attachment. This connected pipework to the machine at the discharge chute and supplied loose fibre to a single toy-filling machine.
Wayne Thorpe, 44, received a skin graft at Nottingham City Hospital. Nottingham Crown Court was told that on 4 August 2015 Thorpe had been working at the company’s factory in Meadowbank Way, Eastwood, and checking dough as it dropped into tins. As he cleaned away dough that had fallen between the tins, his arm became caught in a 40 mm gap between a running conveyor belt and moulder.
R J Scaffolding had not trained its employee, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said, nor had it given him appropriate equipment.It also found that the supervisor overseeing the work was not competent. The worker was in an induced coma for two weeks after the fall on 2 June 2016. Bristol Magistrates’ Court was told that he sustained five skull fractures and lost the sight in his right eye. R J Scaffolding pleaded guilty to breaching reg 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It has been fined £26,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,658.
Exeter Magistrates’ Court was told that Anthony Seward was preparing a piece of machinery for the next shift when his hand was drawn in to the rotating rollers. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Heathcoat Fabrics had not replaced the guard that had broken down two years before and had fitted an emergency stop wire instead.The guard was fixed the day after the incident happened, on 23 August 2014.
London’s underground railway is one of the busiest mass transit systems in the world, carrying four million passengers a day – five million at peak, more than the population of the Republic of Ireland. Trains on the busiest of its 11 lines run on average every 100 seconds.
Falls from height are still the number one cause of workplace injuries and fatalities, which explains why the powered access industry has thrived in the past 35 years as employers and contractors increasingly switch on to the specialised equipment available.