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Importance of health and safety signs highlighted after worker broke all his fingers

5th April 2011 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The importance of safety signs in the workplace has been raised after a worker broke every finger of his hand while working a faulty drill.

This incident, which happened ten years ago, was attributed to inadequate guarding of drills and guillotines, poor control with regards to spraying and storing flammable paint and inadequate storage of oxygen and acetylene cylinders, Coventry Magistrates' Court heard.

The court also heard that the Coventry Construction Ltd did not take the advice of health and safety consultants, which had alerted them six times to various issues.

Coventry Construction Ltd was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £8,000 costs for breaching section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Pamela Folsom said: "This company repeatedly ignored advice and information we issued to them which demonstrated a blatant disregard for the welfare of its workforce.

"Employers need to take the health and safety of their staff seriously or like Coventry Construction could find themselves in the dock."

Ensuring safety signs and warning signs are implements properly is part of taking health and safety regulations properly.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800487420-ADNFCR


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