Glasgow company fined after employee injury
Posted by Nicole Stevens
A Glasgow wood machining firm has been fined for safety failings after an unsafe machine caused a worker to need extensive surgery.
The company, Timbmet Limited, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and was fined £24,000.
Raymond McNaughton was operating a ripsaw at Timbmet’s premises in Shieldhall when the incident occurred.
Large splinters flew out of the machine, and went straight through Mr McNaughton’s thighs. He ended up with injuries and scarring to his right thigh, his lower back and his buttocks.
The machine’s ‘kickback’ protection had failed, and a deflector that the company had installed did very little other than changing the trajectory of any flying fragments.
Glasgow Sheriff Court was informed that Mr McNaughton had already spotted that the machine could cause injury, but Timbmet’s response to these warning signs was simply to install the ineffective deflector.
HSE inspector Aileen Jardine, said: “Had Timbmet Ltd ensured that their machinery met the relevant safety standards this incident would not have occurred.”
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