Farmer fined after employee is injured by chainsaw
A farming company from Suffolk has been fined after one of its employees suffered severed arteries and tendons in his arm while using a chainsaw.
The 49-year-old man was attempting to cut back an overgrown hedge at Hill Farm in Leiston on October 30th 2009 when he brought the blade down on his left elbow.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that he had not received any formal training in how to use the machinery safely and was not supervised.
Furthermore, Lowestoft Magistrates' Court heard that his employer, farm owner Peter Haste, had not conducted an appropriate risk assessment for the work.
Mr Haste pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined Ã‚Â£1,600 and ordered to pay Ã‚Â£1,400 in costs.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Steve Hook emphasised that the man's injuries were "entirely preventable".
"Chainsaws are a potentially dangerous piece of equipment, therefore reliance on experience alone is not enough," he said.
"Employers must ensure that appropriate training, supervision and equipment are provided prior to any work involving chainsaws."
Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries for Britons to work in, which underlines the importance of using the appropriate warning signs at all times.
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