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Plastics firm prosecuted after sawblade accident

7th January 2014 | Warning Signs

An accident involving a circular saw has left a Birmingham plastics worker missing four of his fingers. Kalsi Plastics (UK) Ltd was prosecuted at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection found that the saw was unsafe for use.

The employee was working with the circular saw when he stopped it to clear a blockage. The blade moved out of sight to a maintenance position, but was still spinning. As the worker tried to clear the blockage the saw caught his fingers and severed four of them.

An HSE investigation found that the saw did not have an injection brake that would stop the blade from rotating. Several employees knew about this, but neither Kalsi Plastics’ management nor its health and safety consultant did, so warning signs were not put up.

The firm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £2,418 costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801679590-ADNFCR


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