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Safety signs could have prevented glass firm accident

21st July 2011 | Health and Safety Signs

A company has been fined following an incident involving an employee receiving injuries to his arm, which may have been avoided with better safety signs.

Nicholls and Clarke Glass factory in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, was found guilty of breaching safety legislation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and was fined £11,200 and ordered to pay £3,977.40 in costs.

Ian Swain, a 37-year-old employee of the firm, received 250 stitches in his arm after a large piece of glass he was carrying shattered, severing the artery, muscle and nerves and leaving the limb numb.

HSE Inspector Emma Rowlands said: "Had Mr Swain been provided with full arm protection he would have avoided serious injury. Guidance on the provision of personal protective equipment for employees is freely available from HSE and trade associations."

The Oxford Mail recently reported that St John the Baptist church in Stanton St John is poised to purchase a winding machine amid health and safety fears, which could cause the introduction of new safety signage and put an end to hand winding of its clock.

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