London carpenters fined for lax health and safety
Posted by Ben Alexander.
A London carpentry firm has been fined £15,000 for a lack of safety precautions that "consistently" endangered its workers.
Pentcroft Ltd, a Wimbledon-based business, was found to have allowed its employees to use machinery without ensuring they were adequately trained, informed of safe working and under supervision, City of London Magistrates' Court heard.
In March last year, one employee cut off part of the index finger on his right hand when operating a circular saw. Only a month later an inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) saw another worker using a spindle moulder without safety precautions in place. It is a potentially dangerous machine.
In addition to the fine Pentcroft was ordered to pay £3,203.80 in costs.
"Woodworking machines have a long and serious accident history which is well known in the industry, HSE Inspector Clare Hawkes, speaking after the hearing, said.
"It is the employers' job to ensure that workers have sufficient information and training to work safely and that they are properly supervised. It is also the employers' responsibility to enforce safety rules, not the employees."
Today the regulator begins a crackdown on health and safety at construction sites, which may include the use of construction site signs.
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