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Hampshire firm fined for health and safety breach

30th October 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A Hampshire company and its safety consultant have been subject to a £700 fine and £4,000 in costs for safety failings after two workers were injured.

The two workers suffered finger injuries while using poorly guarded guillotine machines at Porvair Filtration Group in Fareham last year, with the incidents taking place on April 12th and May 26th.

Porvair's external safety advisor John Whiffin produced risk assessments that suggested safety guards on the guillotines were satisfactory.

HSE recently punished AA Construction in Wimbledon after residents expressed worries over asbestos materials being smashed up, spreading debris in the area that could endanger locals.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Joanna Woodcock, said: "Standards for guarding non-powered treadle guillotines have been around for more than 35 years. Had the company guarded these machines properly, neither of its employees would have been injured."

Ms Woodcock went on to say that the incident could have been avoided if Mr Whiffin was familiar with the machines.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801478541-ADNFCR


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