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Herefordshire sawmill fined following safety breaches

25th June 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A Herefordshire sawmill has been fined for safety breaches after a worker sustained severe crush injuries when his arm was dragged into the rollers of a poorly-guarded conveyor belt.

Hereford Magistrates Court (24 June) heard that a saw operator at Pontrillas Sawmills was trying to remove a piece of wood from the idling end roller of the conveyor because it was interfering with the operation of the machine.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Chris Gregory said: “This incident could have had fatal consequences yet was easily preventable had Pontrilas Sawmills carried out an adequate risk assessment of their equipment and properly supervised their employees.”

Mr Gregory went on to say that conveyors of this type are seen in the industry as being “high risk”.

Pontrillas Sawmills of Hereford Sawmill, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3 (1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 for failing to prevent access to dangerous moving parts.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801603589-ADNFCR


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