Carpentry firm fined after worker suffers severed finger
A carpentry company has been fined after one of its employees suffered serious injuries in a workplace accident.
The 59-year-old man was feeding wood into a machine on June 15th 2009 when his right hand became caught, severing his index finger, breaking his middle finger and lacerating his remaining digits.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that Prospect Joinery had not suitably protected the man by using guards and warnings signs on the machine.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined Ã‚Â£3,000 and ordered to pay costs of Ã‚Â£1,000.
"Prospect Joinery Ltd failed in its role to protect its workers by not properly guarding this machine," said HSE inspector John Glynn following the Stourbridge and Halesowen Magistrates' Court hearing.
"The company should have also put in place a safe tooling arrangement, which would have helped to prevent the severity of [this man's] injuries."
Meanwhile, ADA Machining Services was recently fined Ã‚Â£26,000 after one of its workers suffered an amputated finger, a dozen broken ribs and a cracked breast bone when he became trapped in a metal-shaping machine.
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