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Equipment manufacturer fined for safety breaches

9th April 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

A specialist boring equipment manufacturer from Hayle has been fined £3,000 for failing to protect its workers with measures such as safety signs.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors visited Rigibore at the Guildford Industrial Estate in December 2008 and found machinery without safety guards or automatic power cut off devices.

Camborne Magistrates' Court heard that despite initially complying with a previous improvement notice, the company has subsequently committed further offences.

Rigibore pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was ordered to pay £3,419.50 in costs, in addition to its fine.

"Rigibore Ltd put its employees at serious risk of having their hands or arms caught in machines, which could have caused all manner of horrific injuries," said HSE inspector Jo Fitzgerald.

"The company had not managed health and safety as they should have and standards of machinery safeguarding were completely unacceptable."

Earlier this week, the HSE revealed that one in four construction sites across the UK failed safety checks over the course of March.

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