Importance of warning signs highlighted after Merseyside worker suffers hand injuries
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
The importance of health and safety measures, such as the use of warning signs, has been highlighted after the employee of a laminate flooring firm suffered serious injuries to his left hand after coming into contact with a rotating saw.
He was using a large circular saw at the Aintree site of Universal Moulding Ltd on August 20th 2009.
Liverpool Magistrates' Court heard that workers at the site had been instructed to remove laminate material by reaching under the machine's guard while the large blade was still in motion.
The 22-year-old lost parts of three fingers, broke his thumb, and is unlikely to ever regain full movement in his left hand.
Universal Mouldings was fined £5,000 after admitting health and safety offences and was ordered to pay £7,500 towards costs.
Jane Carroll, the investigating inspector at the Health and Safety Executive, said: "Workers at Universal Moulding's factory were put at risk for more than nine years, and it was inevitable that someone would eventually suffer a serious injury.
"The machine was simply the wrong one for the job. The only way of ensuring the laminate material wasn't damaged when the blade retracted was for workers to reach under the guard to remove it," she added.
Last year, there were 25 deaths in Britain's manufacturing industry.
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