Car parts firm punished for safety failures
A motoring company from Bradford has been hit with a five-figure fine after one of its employees suffered serious injuries to his hand.
The 57-year-old man severed the tip of his finger on March 10th 2009 while attempting to clear a jam in a machine used to feed metal pins on to a grinding line.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that control measures such as safety signs had not been put in place at the Neville Road site.
His employer, Federal Mogul, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
At a Bradford Magistrates' Court hearing, the company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs.
"Fitting guards is not a costly, time-consuming or difficult task and had they been in place this incident would not have occurred and a painful injury could have been avoided," said HSE inspector Morag Irwin.
"This case demonstrates the value in spending the time to do a suitable risk assessment, identify the control measures required and act upon these findings."
Meanwhile, American Airlines was fined £70,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,581.25 after one of its ground support workers was run over by a 70-tonne vehicle.
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